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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

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 Froeign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats during a hearing focused on Brexit negotitations. 

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.

Press ReleaseOct 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Robert Rooney Named Chairman of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council today named Robert Rooney, CEO of Morgan Stanley International and Head of EMEA, as its chairman.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2017 - 2:15pm
The U.K.'s David Davis (left) and the E.U.'s Michel Barnier speak at a Brexit negotiation press conference in Brussels, Belgium.

Business Needs Clear Progress from Brexit Negotiators

Without knowing what the future might look like, business investments are on hold.

Press ReleaseSep 22, 2017 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council Welcomes Prime Minister May’s Latest Remarks on Brexit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council issued the following statement today from Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the Council, following Prime Minister Theresa May’s address on the UK’s approach to Brexit:

In the NewsSep 14, 2017 - 11:00am

Sunday Express: U.S. "Still Eager" to sign post-Brexit Trade Deal with Britain

London's Sunday Express writes that the UK must sign a quick and seamless Brexit transition before a trade deal with the U.S. can be agreed.

ReportSep 07, 2017 - 8:15am

Priorities for a New EU-UK Economic Partnership

As the Brexit negotiations continue, the business community is eager to ensure that economic disruptions are minimized. Members of the U.S.-UK Business Council have a significant stake in the outcome of these talks, and we aim to provide information that will help negotiators minimize the adverse effects of the reset in UK-EU relations. This includes forging a close future economic partnership between the EU and UK.

In the NewsSep 01, 2017 - 12:15pm

Politico: UK Brexit Secretary Forcefully Defends Free Trade

Politico analyzes Chamber speech by David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

In the NewsSep 01, 2017 - 11:15am

Sec. Davis writes for CNN: Brexit Presents Unprecedented Opportunities for UK and the U.S.

UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, writes about the opportunities for the U.S. and UK to jointly shape globalization and promote free trade.

EventSep 01, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Conversation with UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis

Remarks by The Rt Hon David Davis MP, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.