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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Trump: UK-US trade deal to be completed quickly

US President Donald Trump has said he expects a "powerful" trade deal with the UK to be completed "very quickly". Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said he would visit London. Asked when, he said: "We'll work that out." In one-to-one talks, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to prioritise work on a post-Brexit trade deal, a UK government official said. The president made it clear he believed Britain would "thrive" once it had left the European Union, the official added. In the 50-minute meeting, which overran by 20 minutes, the two leaders spent a "significant" amount of time on trade in a discussion described as entirely "positive".

US President Donald Trump has said he expects a "powerful" trade deal with the UK to be completed "very quickly".
Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said he would visit London. Asked when, he said: "We'll work that out."
In one-to-one talks, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to prioritise work on a post-Brexit trade deal, a UK government official said.
The president made it clear he believed Britain would "thrive" once it had left the European Union, the official added.
In the 50-minute meeting, which overran by 20 minutes, the two leaders spent a "significant" amount of time on trade in a discussion described as entirely "positive".
US President Donald Trump has said he expects a "powerful" trade deal with the UK to be completed "very quickly". Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said he would visit London. Asked when, he said: "We'll work that out." In one-to-one talks, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to prioritise work on a post-Brexit trade deal, a UK government official said. The president made it clear he believed Britain would "thrive" once it had left the European Union, the official added. In the 50-minute meeting, which overran by 20 minutes, the two leaders spent a "significant" amount of time on trade in a discussion described as entirely "positive".


Sir Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador to Washington, said Mr Trump's statement of intent was a "very good sign for the future" and would be "useful" to Mrs May.
So long as Mr Trump maintained that political impetus, it could help negotiators get over any stumbling blocks, he said.







But Sir Simon Fraser, a former diplomat who served as a permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, cast doubt on how soon any trade deal could be reached.
"The point is we can't negotiate with them or anyone else until we've left the European Union.
"And the Americans and others will not negotiate with us until they know what our relationship with the EU is going to be, because the access we have in Europe is hugely important for the advantages that they can get from their relations with us."
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins, in Hamburg, said Mr Trump was known to have accepted an invitation for a state visit to the UK - a prospect that has caused huge controversy - but no date was given.
Mr Meyer said the visit would be a "very important moment" to nail down Mr Trump's commitment to a strong bilateral agreement.

Source BBC news 

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