Published On: Wed, Aug 14th, 2019

Brexit latest: Temporary US-UK trade deal could happen immediately after Brexit | UK | News

Conversations between the two countries may result in a temporary trade agreement coming into effect on November 1 if Brexit takes place as scheduled. A Washington official claimed Chancellor Sajid Javid and US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton discussed the possibility of a temporary trade agreement covering all sectors and lasting around six months. The official said Mr Bolton and Trade Secretary Liz Truss had discussed the two countries’ leaders signing an agreement toward a trade deal at the G7 Summit later this month in France.

While on his two-day visit to the UK, Mr Bolton praised Mr Johnson’s new work as the Prime Minister.

The two met yesterday and Mr Bolton claimed afterwards that Trump was a “leaver before there were leavers”.

He added he would “enthusiastically” support a no deal Brexit and promised the UK would be “first in line” for a trade deal once it departed from Brussels on October 31.

He showed his support for Mr Johnson by tweeting a picture of the two of them with a passionate message about the future of the special relationship.

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He said: “I had a great meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday.

“We discussed trade, security, and opportunities to deepen our bilateral relationship after the UK leaves the EU.

“The US and UK are on course for an unprecedented partnership.”

Mr Bolton met with Mr Javid at 11 Downing Street after urging British officials to “get Brexit done” as soon as possible.

This would allow London and Washington to start formally working on a new trading agreement.

Mr Johnson predicted a UK-US trade deal would be a “tough old haggle” as he claimed Britain’s most important agreement to work out is currently with the EU.

During a visit to a Leeds prison the Prime Minister said he felt there were “all sorts of opportunities” UK businesses could benefit from if the US market could be opened up to them.

He said: “I want to see trade with our European neighbours and I want to see trade with countries around the world.

“We have got fantastic opportunities to open that up. Actually the US market is growing very fast for the UK but they still ban Haggis for heaven’s sake in the United States.”

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