UK Steps Up Efforts for a Trade Deal With US

Anglo-Irish relations ‘would fundamentally change in no-deal Brexit scenario’

He added that he was open to talks with British prime minister Boris Johnson as he believed there had been some suggestion the Withdrawal Agreement was an "invention" of the Dublin government or had been imposed by the European Union.

"And we talked about all the things that we want to do together in the post-Brexit vision for the UK".

It is a major relations boost for the new United Kingdom top team as they seek to boost United Kingdom trade after Brexit. "We will leave at the end of October and are determined to make a success of it", he told a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"We appreciate the president's warmth and enthusiasm for the UK-US relationship", Raab said in a statement after their White House meeting.

'The UK looks forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal that is good for both countries, and cooperating on the common security challenges we face'.

Mr Raab had only been scheduled to meet Vice President Mike Pence.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was due to hold talks with his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo at the State Department while International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has lined up meetings with top American trade officials.

He flew into the USA capital following talks on Tuesday in Toronto with Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland and is due to travel on to Mexico following his meetings in Washington.

-- Trade Secretary Liz Truss met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier in the week.

Tomorrow she is due to give a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Last year, the two countries exchanged $262 billion in goods and services, governed by the USA trade agreement with the European Union.

Briefing reporters alongside Mr. Raab on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration will be waiting "pen in hand" to sign a trade deal with the United Kingdom once Brexit is completed, now set for no later than October 31.

"I think there are some risks but we can manage them", he replied.

Brexit backers have also repeatedly argued that London would have far greater freedom to negotiate its own trade pacts once it leaves the 28-nation European bloc.

US President Donald Trump, who sees a like-minded leader in Mr Johnson, has said that trade between the two countries could multiply once Britain leaves the European Union and he spoke to the British Premier about a deal within days of his taking office last month.

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