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Britain can do US trade deal by November: Mike Pompeo says UK at the front of the line post Brexit

Britain can do a trade deal with the US by November: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab the UK is ‘at the front of the line’ after Brexit

  • Foreign Secretary said he was ‘confident’ agreement possible in nine months 
  • US president Donald Trump stands for re-election in the US on November 3
  • Pompeo said Washington would put Britain ‘at the front of the line’ after Brexit

Dominic Raab raised eyebrows today as he insisted that the UK could get a post-Brexit US free trade deal done by the start of November.

The Foreign Secretary said he was ‘confident’ that an agreement was possible in just nine months before Donald Trump stands for re-election, as he hosted Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo in London.

The US politician said he agreed that such a deal was possible as he said that Washington would put Britain ‘at the front of the line’.

He used a think tank appearance in Westminster to claim that Brexit would be ‘fantastic’ for trade between the two nations. 

At a Policy Exchange event this morning, Mr Raab was asked if he thought a ‘sectoral agreement’ was possible before the presidential vote on November 3.

‘I am confident a deal can be done,’ Raab told reporters. ‘There is huge alignment in terms of our economic interest. Of course there will be difficult issues.’

Mr Pompeo said: ‘I concur’.

The Foreign Secretary said he was 'confident' that an agreement was possible before Donald Trump stands for re-election as he hosted Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo in London (pictured)

The Foreign Secretary said he was 'confident' that an agreement was possible before Donald Trump stands for re-election as he hosted Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo in London (pictured)

The Foreign Secretary said he was ‘confident’ that an agreement was possible before Donald Trump stands for re-election as he hosted Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo in London (pictured)

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo re-iterated a pledge that Britain would be at the front of the queue for a trade deal after Brexit.

‘The previous administration took the view that if the United Kingdom made this decision it would be at the back of the line,’ he said.

‘We intend to put the United Kingdom at the front of the line.’

He added that the Trump administration wanted to ‘lower every barrier’ to trade during negotiations with the UK.

He said: ‘An important part of this relationship is reducing the friction between these kinds of things, whether it is the friction of the ease of travel, it’s the ease of exchange or confidence in information systems, of our students going to each other’s schools and the cross-generation of knowledge that will flow from that, whether it is tariff barriers.

‘We want to put all the places where friction happens across sovereign boundaries – we want to protect those boundaries because we owe it to our people to do, but once we’ve done that, once we’ve protected sovereignty, we want to lower every barrier towards the free flow of information, talent, capital – all the things that promote wealth and prosperity.

‘Those and security. Those are the things that, if we do this well together, will be special and unique about the relationship after the United Kingdom finishes this process of departure from the EU.’

 

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