AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Britain's deputy ambassador to the United States and a bipartisan collection of Texas politicians are touting a new, expanded trade agreement with the European Union.
Deputy Ambassador Philip Barton has met with Texas political and business leaders in Austin on Wednesday. He said a new free trade agreement would bring thousands of jobs and billions in trade to Texas.
Republican Congressman Michael McCaul, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia expressed their support for an agreement that would lower barriers to trade, such as limits on government agencies contracting with foreign companies.
Texas exported $29 billion worth of products to the European Union last year, and Barton said a free trade agreement could add another $10 billion a year in trade for Texas.