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I’LL HELP YOU DITCH THE EU – New President’s trade vow in call to Theresa May

DONALD Trump yesterday paved the way for beefed-up trade ties with post-Brexit Britain as he held his first talks with Theresa May.

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Donald Trump and Theresa May have said how important it is the UK and US have a strong relationship


Reaffirming the importance of the two nations’ special relationship, the US President-elect, whose mother was Scottish, told Mrs May the UK was a “very, very special place for me and for our country”.In a telephone call before visiting the White House for handover talks with President Barack Obama, he said he would be honoured to welcome her to Washington as soon as possible to discuss a trade deal face-to-face.

And he recalled the warm relationship that existed in the 1980s between their predecessors Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

A Downing Street spokesman added that the pair agreed “that the US-UK relationship was very important and very special, and that building on this would be a priority for them both”.“President-elect Trump set out his close and personal connections with, and warmth for, the UK. He said he was confident that the special relationship would go from strength to strength.”

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Theresa May has highlighted the shared values between the two countries


Mrs May voiced her commitment to “building and expanding the UK’s relationships around the world, particularly after the referendum vote, and the importance of our partnership with the US”.A Downing Street spokesman said: “The PM said we have a long history of shared values and added that she looked forward to that continuing in the future.

She highlighted her wish to strengthen bilateral trade and investment with the US

Downing Street spokesperson

“She highlighted her wish to strengthen bilateral trade and investment with the US as we leave the EU. But she said our relationship is so much more than that and our two countries have always stood together as close allies when it counts the most.“President-elect Trump strongly agreed and added that the UK is a ‘very, very special place for me and for our country’.”

Mr Trump has praised British voters for “taking their country back” in the referendum. He also strongly rejected President Obama’s threat that the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a transatlantic trade deal.The tycoon, who formally takes office on January 20, has business interests in Britain including Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire.

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Donald Trump has said he would be honoured to welcome Theresa May to Washington


Chancellor Philip Hammond played down claims that the fact Mr Trump spoke to a string of world leaders, including Ireland’s Enda Kenny, before making contact with Mrs May indicated that the UK was worryingly low on his priority list.Speaking in London during a trade summit with China, Mr Hammond said the apparent delay in the call to Mrs May was because they had no “urgent business” to discuss.

He insisted: “The special relationship is alive and well and strong and deep.

“As I’ve said many times before, what is special about the special relationship between the UK and the US is that it is not a relationship between any two people or the holders of any two offices, it is a very deep relationship that works at many levels.”

“I expect that the very strong and close relationship that always develops between a UK Prime Minister and US President will develop between those two.”Mr Hammond played down fears about the anti-free trade messages Mr Trump sent out during his controversial election campaign.

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Philip Hammond played down fears that the UK is low on Donald Trump’s list of priorities


“He has only been President-elect for two days. I think we should let him take stock and consult widely,” he said.Chinese vice premier Ma Kai told the summit at Lancaster House that his country’s relationship with Britain was “one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world”.

China respected Britain’s choice to leave the EU and would be “happy” to see the UK agree a “new and solid relationship” with the EU that ensured “stability and prosperity” for both sides, he added.

Chinese vice finance minister Shi Yaobin later added: “The EU and UK are both very important trading partners for China.“We hope the EU and UK conduct smooth and successful negotiations which reach the kind of arrangement which is mutually agreeable and mutually beneficial.

“We ourselves expect to see that the negotiations produce a very stable and very good outcome for EU and UK. That’s what we want to see.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/731109/Help-ditch-EU-Donald-Trump-President-trade-vow-call-Theresa-May

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