Post-Brexit trade: The regulatory race for dominance and why the US ‘smells blood’

The future of the UK's environmental protections rests in no small part on its future trade relationships. Simon Pickstone investigates what we know so far

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump: the US could take WTO action against the UK's sanitary and phytosanitary measures, experts warn

Uncertainty is running high over the future of domestic environmental protections as negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU reach crunch point. While environment secretary Michael Gove has repeatedly stressed that the government is committed to maintaining and even strengthening regulations after Brexit, much will depend on the UK’s future trading arrangements, both with the EU and across the world.

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