Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) this week asked that the Senate pass his resolution supporting a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. This is a continuation of Lee’s now multi-year advocacy for a free trade deal between the countries. Such an agreement would be beneficial to both nations and to Utah specifically. The United Kingdom is Utah’s largest export market with more than $9 billion of exports leaving Utah for the UK in 2019. Almost 11,000 Utahns are employed by UK subsidiaries, and nearly 40,000 Utah jobs are supported by Utah’s export relationship with Britain.
Of the resolution, Sen. Lee said, “For more than a hundred years, throughout times of change, tumult, and uncertainty, our partnership with the United Kingdom – the ‘special relationship’ – has been constant. The U.K. has been our staunchest and most loyal ally. The American and British peoples have the opportunity to once again join forces and emerge from the challenges we face today stronger than ever – for the benefit of our countries, and nations across the globe.”