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Trump offers UK ‘massive’ trade deal post Brexit

By Charlotte Ricca

US President promises deal will be ‘far bigger and more lucrative’ than any EU deal

Trump offers UK massive trade deal post Brexit

With the US/China trade war dominating the headlines, President Donald Trump is now turning his attention to the UK, offering a “massive” trade deal after Brexit.

Early on December 13, Trump tweeted his congratulations to Johnson on his “great win” before getting down to business.

“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU. Celebrate Boris,” he said.

Trump has always been a vocal supporter of Johnson, describing him as “the exact right guy for the times”. In September he told the United Nations the trade deal he has been working on with the Prime Minister would be “magnificent”.

However, last month he said they couldn’t make a deal because of “certain aspects” of the withdrawal deal Johnson agreed with the European Union.

A trade deal with the US was heavily debated during the UK election campaign. Labour claimed the Conservatives wanted to sell off the NHS to America but Trump told journalists during his recent visit to Britain that he wants "nothing to do with" the health service.

Trump and Johnson have both said they want to agree on a US-UK trade deal after Brexit as soon as possible.

Following the election result, the pound climbed to its best level against the dollar since May 2018, hitting a high of 1.3507. This has since dropped 0.70 per cent to 1.3380, but it remains near its strongest level in months against the euro and dollar.

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