U.S.-UK Business Council

The U.S.-UK Business Council is the premier Washington-based business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Council’s mission is to promote a mutually beneficial economic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom at the highest levels of business and government via advocacy, engagement, and communications.

The Council creates a unique platform for companies to engage with policymakers from the UK, U.S., and the European Union and is a powerful conduit for inputs into the Brexit negotiations, debates on key regulatory policy issues, and future bilateral talks between the U.S. and the UK.

Allies in Commerce

Bilateral economic ties between the U.S. and the UK are deep and enduring. We are each other’s single largest foreign investors, and more than 2.2 million jobs depend directly on those investments. Two-way trade totals more than $235 billion annually. The Council will build upon this solid foundation and work to further strengthen our commercial relationship.

Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, a multiyear effort is under way to reset the terms of the UK’s relationship with the EU and its other trading partners, including the U.S.

The outcome of the upcoming negotiations between the UK and EU matters deeply for American corporations that have invested nearly $600 billion in the UK, for U.S. subsidiaries in other EU member states doing business in Britain, and for UK-headquartered firms with significant equities on both sides of the Atlantic. The potential for economic disruption is significant.

Our Objectives

  • Advance the interests of the business community as the UK resets its relationship with the EU.
  • Address issues in the context of current and future economic ties between the U.S. and the UK.
  • Secure and build upon the open market access the UK has achieved through its existing trade agreements as a member of the EU and WTO
  • Advocate for and provide substantive inputs into the negotiations for an eventual U.S.-UK free trade agreement.

Contact Us

For more information on the U.S.-UK Business Council, please contact Marjorie Chorlins at MChorlins@USChamber.com or Garrett Workman at GWorkman@USChamber.com.

Recent Activity

LetterOct 30, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on European Digital Services Tax

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the potential for a European Digital Services Tax (DST).Read the letter below:October 29, 2018

Issue BriefJul 24, 2018 - 12:15pm

UK Releases its White Paper Proposal on Future UK-EU Economic Ties

The U.S.-UK Business Council analyzes the UK's White Paper on future UK-EU economic relations and the prospective impact of recent political developments in London on the next phases of the negotiations.

EventJul 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Michel Barnier Addresses the U.S. Chamber

Brexit: A Conversation with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier

On July 11, the Chamber hosted the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, for a discussion on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations and a look ahead towards the future of EU-UK and EU-U.S. economic relations after the UK's departure.

Issue BriefMay 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Core Principles for the UK-EU Customs Relationship

As the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) negotiate an agreement that defines their future commercial relationship, the movement of goods stands out as perhaps the most tangible example of how trade flows between the two markets will change.  Among other things, new documentation requirements for UK-EU movement of goods will be instituted, clearance times at ports are likely to be exte

Press ReleaseMar 23, 2018 - 3:30pm

U.S.-UK Business Council Statement on European Council Meeting, Brexit Transition

The U.S. Chabmer's U.S.-UK Business Council issued the following statement today from its chairman, Robert Rooney, in response to the European Council meeting where Brexit transition terms were agreed upon: 

EventMar 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Irish PM - Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

Key takeaways from the March 14 executive roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

Op EdFeb 02, 2018 - 2:00pm

Ireland and the U.S.: Partners for Prosperity

Brexit will mean greater importance for Ireland as a bridge between the EU and U.S. policymakers, and for U.S. companies looking to access the European market.

TestimonyDec 06, 2017 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Marjorie Chorlins, U.S. Chamber Vice President for European Affairs and Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber's U.S.-UK Business Council, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats during a hearing focused on Brexit negotiations. 

Issue BriefNov 01, 2017 - 6:00pm

Brexit: Deal or No Deal? Business Stresses Need for Negotiated Agreement

The U.S.-UK Business Council believes that a mutually-agreeable outcome is strongly in the interests of both the United Kingdom and the European Union, and that a disorderly "no deal" Brexit must be avoided.