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The UK's approach to trade negotiations with the US

On March 2, 2020, the UK Government published its negotiating objectives for a free trade agreement with the United States, which represents the first major UK step towards an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement. The objectives can be found at gov.uk. Alongside these, The Government has also published the UK consultation response and a scoping assessment of the potential long-term impacts of an FTA.

The objectives published today show the UK’s desire to work with the US to remove barriers to trade and investment. Key areas where it sees potential are food and drink, advanced manufacturing and services such as financial services, professional and business services and transport services. The FTA is also an opportunity to set a new gold standard for digital trade and IP protection. With a focus on removing barriers to trade, UK analysis (as set out in the scoping assessment) shows an FTA would see an increase in annual bilateral trade between both countries.

Appointment of New British Ambassador to the United States

Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, currently Ambassador to the UN in New York and Permanent Representative at the UN Security Council, has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America, by HM The Queen, after the Prime Minister approved the successful candidate on the recommendation of the Foreign Secretary.
 
Karen Pierce is one of the UK’s most experienced senior diplomats and will be the first woman to serve as HM Ambassador to the US.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called her "an outstanding and accomplished diplomat", tweeting: "I can think of no better person to drive forward our hugely important relationship with the United States at this time."
 
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “It is a time of huge opportunity for the friendship between the UK and US and I am delighted that Karen Pierce will take forward this exciting new chapter in our relationship. We’re proud to be sending to Washington such an outstanding diplomat, and I warmly congratulate her on her appointment”.
 
Karen Pierce said “I am honoured to have been asked to represent the UK in the US. I think it is the UK’s single most important relationship. There is a deep bond between Britain and the US, built on many pillars. We have a fantastic cross-Government team across the US and I look forward to working with them to strengthen and even further deepen the special relationship between our two countries and peoples”
 
Karen Pierce has been the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since March 2018. Prior to this role, Karen served as the Director General for Political Affairs and Chief Operating Officer of the Foreign and Commonwealth in London, from 2016.
 
Karen joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1981. Her first role was in Tokyo between 1984 and 1987, after which she returned to the UK to work in the Security Policy Department. Karen worked in Washington as the Private Secretary to the British Ambassador to the United States between 1992 and 1995.
 
Between 1996 and 2006, Karen held several positions in London including Team Leader for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Deputy Head of Eastern Adriatic (Balkans) Department, Head of Newsroom, Head of EU Department (Bilateral) and concurrently Head of Afghanistan Political Military Unit after 9/11 before returning to the Balkans as Balkans Coordinator from 2002 to 2006.
 
In 2006, Karen moved to New York for the first time to be the Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador at the UK Mission to the UN. In 2009, she returned to London to become the Director of South Asia and Afghanistan Department and the UK’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2012, Karen started her second multilateral role, this time in Geneva, where she was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the United Nations, World Trade Organization and Other International Organisations until 2015. Between 2015 and 2016 Karen was the UK’s Ambassador to Afghanistan.

BABA's Former Chairman, Barry Eccleston Awarded OBE

We are delighted to let you know that our good colleague and past BABA Chairman, Barry Eccleston was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2019 New Years Honour list, for his 'services to the United Kingdom aerospace and aviation industry'.

As so many know Barry was BABA's Chairman for three years from 2015 to 2018. At the same time he was Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Americas, a role he held for 13 years, as part of an exceptional career of nearly 50 years in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

As Chairman of BABA he gave willingly and tirelessly of his time and was an excellent and exemplary Chairman, as well as the strongest champion of UK-US relations.

We thoroughly and warmly congratulate Barry on this well deserved honor!

Eamonn Cooney                                                            Mark Herlac
President                                                                       Chairman
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Government Expands Use of ePassport Gates at UK Airports

As of May 20, 2019, millions more people will be able to use ePassport gates as they arrive in the UK, the Chancellor confirmed in the Spring Statement. Eligible passengers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States are now able to use the ePassport gates at UK airports. The Chancellor also announced that, to coincide with the ePassport gates expansion, the government will begin to abolish landing cards for non-EEA travellers.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: “The expanded access to ePassport gates and the withdrawal of landing cards is part of our work to transform the UK’s border, providing a quicker, seamless experience for passengers that is built around digital systems.”

These changes will deliver an improved arrival experience and is further encouragement for people who boost our economy through tourism and business to travel to the UK. The government’s ambition is to go further and more details will be provided in due course.

All passengers arriving at UK ports and airports will continue to be subject to full identity and security checks. For more information click here.

Washington Times Interview with BABA President

BABA President, Eamonn Cooney, was interviewed by the Washington Times on June 28, 2016 titled "Brexit Creates Questions for Transatlantic Trade Sectors"

“It’s a huge change in history for the U.K., but from a business and trade point of view, we do firmly believe that it will not adversely affect trade, and that U.K. and U.S. trade will continue to be a strong relationship as it has in the past.”

...For the full article click here.