Posted at 5:23 PM
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today met with the new U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, who is making his first trip abroad in his new role. Secretary Pritzker and Secretary Fox both emphasized the importance of U.S.-U.K. commercial ties in light of the Brexit vote, and the indispensable partnership between the two countries not only in leading the world economy, but in addressing regional and global challenges.
Secretary Pritzker, who traveled to Europe earlier this month for meetings with U.S. executives in London on the topic of Brexit, noted that many U.S. companies have shared their concerns about the considerable uncertainty that has arisen as a result of the vote. She asked Secretary Fox about the U.K.'s plans to pave a steady path forward that creates minimal disruption to the global economy, businesses, and workers. Secretary Pritzker also reiterated that the Obama Administration is firmly committed to the completion of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership this year, which remains the top priority in terms of engagement with Europe on trade.