Trump says United Kingdom trade deal expected 'very quickly,' confirms London visit

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The pair could also face some tension over free trade after May used a working lunch on the issue to warn that many citizens weren't benefiting from growth across the world but taking a very different tone to the United States president.

"No country could possibly be closer than our countries", he said.

"We're working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries", Trump told reporters as he met with May on the sidelines of the G20. "We'll be going to London".

The meeting in Hamburg could also provide an opportunity for the British prime minister to tackle Trump on the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

"That deal's important, symbolically, and in terms of hard cash for Britain's post-Brexit future - and ministers are keen to hold the United States to past suggestions that Washington sees a trade deal as a priority".

Welcoming the recently signed EU-Japan deal, she said it could "form basis of a bilateral deal" between the United Kingdom and Brussels.

Britain can not seal a separate trade deal with the United States until it has left the European Union in 2019.

Theresa May paid a visit to Trump in the White House earlier this year, shortly after his inauguration. Asked when, he said: "We'll work that out".

"We have been working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal a very powerful deal, great for both countries and I think we will have that done very, very quickly".

"We'll get there", Trump said.

But 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.

Any negotiations for such an accord would further drive a wedge between Britain and the European Union which has warned London against striking any separate agreement before its divorce from the bloc was complete. The US will want to know what access its companies and banks in Britain will have to the rest of the EU.

"I will be making that message".

A senior No 10 official said the session began with the president saying that Chinese investment into Britain had increased since the Brexit vote, and that was a sign of confidence in the country.



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