Donald Trump said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed ‘very, very quickly’ and said his controversial state visit to London will go ahead. The US president hailed the ‘very special relationship’ he had developed with British Prime Minister Theresa May as the pair met for talks on the margins of G20. Mr Trump told he expected an agreement on new trading arrangements with Britain that was ‘very powerful’ and would be great for both countries. But the discussions are set to anger EU chiefs, who have warned Britain about reaching agreements while it is still a member state. The US president is set to hold one to one talks with Mrs May to discuss a future trade deal. He told ‘There is no country that could possibly be closer than our countries. We are working on a trade deal, a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries, and I think we’ll have that done very, very quickly.’The president told he had brought with him ‘all of our trade people’ including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Asked if his controversial visit to London would still go ahead, Trump told it would. ‘I will be going to London.’ Asked when, he said ‘We’ll work that out.’ The 2 leaders have met several times since Trump took office and collaborate on a number of issues, from security to trade. Trump made the remarks at G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where leaders of the world’s biggest economies are discussing issues as diverse as climate change and tackling terrorism. The British Prime Minister is set to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.





Any negotiations for an accord between London and Washington would further drive a wedge between Britain and the EU, which has warned London against striking any separate agreement before its divorce from bloc was complete. Britain cannot seal a separate trade deal with the United States until it has left the EU in 2019. Trump’s state visit has caused huge controversy in Britain, but questions about the trip arose after it got no mention in Queen’s Speech in June, when it is customary for the monarch to list upcoming state visits. Asked if the state visit would still go ahead, Trump indicated that they would be working on a date. ‘I will be going to London’ he said.

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