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May, Trump to hold talks over US-UK trade deals

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump will hold talks over a US-UK trade deal that slashes tariffs and makes it easier for hundreds of thousands of workers to move between the two countries.

May will on Friday become the first foreign leader to hold talks with the new President in the White House following assurances by Mr Trump’s team that he wants to do a major free trade deal with Britain that can be announced in the weeks after Brexit.

One option understood to be being discussed in Whitehall is to agree to cut – or even drop – tariffs on items Britain and America already export to one another.

Mrs May on Sunday said that she will hold discussions with the new President about trade, terrorism and the crisis in Syria.

“There will be many issues for us to talk about, because obviously the special relationship between the UK and the US has been strong for many years,” Mrs May said in a TV interview.

“We’ll have opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship, but also some of the world’s challenges that we will face, issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in Syria.”

The Prime Minister added: “What I think is important is that when I sit down with Donald Trump I’m going to be able to talk about how we can build on that special relationship. He’s already said to me that he wants to see a very strong relationship between the UK and the US going into the future. There are issues that we will work together on in the future.