November 26, 2018 / 9:23 PM / 15 days ago

Brexit terms will allow new UK-U.S. trade deal, PM May's office says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s agreement to leave the European Union allows it to sign trade deals with the United States, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump said it may hamper U.S.-UK trade.

“The political declaration we have agreed with the EU is very clear we will have an independent trade policy so that the UK can sign trade deals with countries around the world — including with the US,” a spokeswoman for May’s office said.

“We have already been laying the groundwork for an ambitious agreement with the US through our joint working groups, which have met five times so far.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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