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Britain's May optimistic on Trump visit, UK-US trade deal

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Christy Curtis | 09 July, 2017, 00:27

Trump said he expected an agreement on new trading arrangements with Britain that was "very powerful" and would be great for both countries.

The aim is to make sufficient progress so that the leaders of the other 27 member states can agree to move on to talks on a future relationship with Britain, including a trade deal, the EU's top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.

A meeting between the president and the prime minister on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg went longer than scheduled, a United Kingdom official said, and was dominated by discussions of a free-trade deal between the two countries.

He said he had developed a "very special" relationship with the prime minister, mirroring language often used to describe the broader historic ties between the USA and the UK.

Beasley said the US funding was about a third of what the WFP estimated was required this year to deal with urgent food needs in the four countries in crisis as well as in other areas.

The two leaders held a almost half hour meeting before the closing session of the G20 summit, Turkish officials have said without giving more details.

Challenged on why she had not used her bilateral meeting with the U.S. president to tackle him on the issue, she said: "I did bring the issue of the climate change agreement up with President Trump, I've had a number of conversations with him over the time I have been here at the G20".

"We'll work that out", the US President stated when asked when he would go to London, as cited by BBC News.

'I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for, ' Khan said.

Downing Street said that "no date is being announced today".

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. According to Mr. Fraser, Britain will not be able to negotiate with anyone until they have departed from the European Union.

The Hill also reported that the statement mentions "that 19 of the 20 countries - with the us the only exclusion - are committed to the Paris agreement on climate change". The US will want to know what access its companies and banks in Britain will have to the rest of the EU.

"I wouldn't actually believe anything actually that the Kremlin is putting out", he said.

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