Trump 'keen to make post-Brexit trade deal' with UK

Brexit | 3 April 2019

Donald Trump is eager for the Brexit process to speed up so he can talk trade with Britain, it has been claimed.


US president Donald Trump is keen to make a trade deal with Britain after its exit from the European Union, according to his national security adviser.

Speaking in an interview with Sky News, John Bolton has insisted the UK is "at the top of the queue" once Brexit is over - and that the UK should not fear a no-deal scenario taking place.

"People who worry about the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union - they are going to crash right into the United States. We are standing here waiting to make a trade deal with a UK independent of the EU," he commented.

Mr Bolton added that Mr Trump is eager to see the will of the British people carried out and to continue trade between the two nations afterwards.

Under World Trade Organization rules, the UK must be outside the EU before any unilateral trade deal can be negotiated with the US.

However, a divorce deal is yet to be agreed and now Britain will remain in the European bloc until at least April 12th 2019.

Mr Trump's comments may come as a relief to business owners hoping to carry on trading with the US post-Brexit. Back in April 2016, then-president Barack Obama surprised many by telling David Cameron that the UK would be at the back of the queue when it came to trade deals with America if Brexit became a reality.