Trump promises ‘big and exciting’ trade deal with UK

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Trump promises ‘big and exciting’ trade deal with UK

US president planning trade deal with UK that could include agricultural element and come into force immediately after Brexit

Trump promises ‘big and exciting’ trade deal with UK

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Donald Trump has announced he is “absolutely looking to do a major trade deal” with the UK after Brexit, naming agriculture and financial services as possible elements of an agreement.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president promised a “big and exciting trade deal” that could be put into action as soon as Britain exits the EU. He spoke of his “very good relationship with the prime minister”, saying that after Brexit a major trade deal with the UK was definitely a target.

Asked about the possible nature of the trade deal, Trump said it could include agricultural and financial services components but failed to elaborate on what the agricultural component of a future agreement might look like.

When pressed to give further details, Trump replied: “No, but I can say that we’re going to be very involved with the UK. I mean, you don’t hear the word Britain anymore. It’s very interesting. It’s like, nope.”

The US president said the EU was a major hindrance to trade currently, describing it as  “very, very protectionist” and “very unfair”. He pointed to the fact that the US has “farm products that you just can’t get into the EU,” adding: "We don’t do that to them [the UK].” 

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