US ‘optimistic’ about securing post-Brexit trade deal in 2020
- Donald Trump’s treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin has talked up the prospect of inking a post-Brexit trade deal this year, despite a growing row over the UK’s plans to to tax tech giants.
- Speaking on Saturday after a meeting at 11 Downing Street with Chancellor Sajid Javid, Mr Mnuchin said that the US government would dedicate “a lot of resources” to inking a trade deal with the UK in 2020, before the end of the Brexit transition period.
- The US treasury secretary told an audience at Chatham House in London: “I’m quite optimistic.”
- “We’ve said that our goal – your goal is trying to get both of these trade agreements done this year – and I think from a US standpoint we are prepared to dedicate a lot of resources.