Trump and Johnson ‘already working on’ UK-US trade deal

Donald Trump has said he and Boris Johnson have already started working on a free trade deal between the US and the UK.

The US president told reporters in the Oval Office that the pair had spoken since Mr Johnson became prime minister earlier this week, and that they plan to spend time together to formulate an agreement.

Downing Street confirmed that talks between the two leaders had taken place on Friday evening – and that they would meet at a G7 summit in Biarritz, France, next month.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Image: The pair will meet for the first time as fellow world leaders at a G7 summit in France next month

Mr Trump was said to have expressed his commitment to an “ambitious free trade agreement” between the countries, with formal talks to begin “as soon as possible after Britain leaves the EU”.

His UK counterpart will be hoping that means 1 November, having pledged that Brexit will happen “do or die” on the current deadline date of Halloween.

Discussions over the future of the “special relationship” likely began in advance of Mr Johnson entering Number 10, with the two men enjoying a phone call before his victory in the Tory leadership contest was confirmed.

Mr Trump said last week that he “looks forward to working” with Mr Johnson, who he has repeatedly praised in recent months, and added he was confident “he will work out Brexit”.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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