Trump hints at a ‘very big trade deal’ with post-Brexit Britain
U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would have a major trade deal with Britain upon leaving the European Union.
“We’re are having very good trade talks between the U.K. and ourselves. We’re going to do a very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK,” Trump said. “At some point, they won’t have the obstacle of, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they had. So, we’re going to have some very good trade talks and big numbers,” he said without adding any more detail on a potential deal.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was similarly looking forward to future trade deals with the U.S. and praised Trump’s work on the American economy.
“We’ll be having some pretty comprehensive talks about how to take forward the relationship in all sorts of ways, particularly on trade and we are very excited about that,” Johnson said. “And I just want to actually congratulate the president on everything that the American economy is achieving, it’s fantastic to see that,” he added.
Trump met Johnson at the kicking off of Group of 7 meetings in the French seaside town of Biarritz.
Clouding the G-7 gathering, which represents the world’s major industrial economies, is the U.K.’s uncertain exit from the European Union.
“He needs no advice, he’s the right man for the job,” Trump said when asked if he had any guidance for Johnson on how to deliver Brexit. “This is a different person and this is a person that is going to be a great prime minister in my opinion,” Trump added of the new prime minister.
In less than three months, Johnson will be at the helm of overseeing U.K.’s exit from the European Union, a move considered to be one of the most significant political and economic changes for the kingdom. And yet, it is still unclear, how, when or if Britain will still leave the European Union. The uncertainty around Brexit has rocked global markets and spooked allies.