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Trump warns Brexit may harm US-British trade, UK differs

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 27, 2018, 07.47 AM (IST)

US President Donald Trump has warned that the deal allowing the United Kingdom to leave European Union may hamper trade ties between Washington and London 

Speaking with the reporters at the White House, Trump said, "Sounds like a great deal for the European Union. We have to take a look at seriously whether or not the UK is allowed to trade." 

"You know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us, and that wouldn't be a good thing," he then added.

"I don't think they want that at all. That would be a very big negative for the deal."

He expressed hope that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will "be able to do something about that."

However, spokeswoman for May's office has disputed Trump's interpretation saying that agreement struck with the EU allows the UK to sign trade deals with countries throughout the world, including with the United States.

"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," news agency Reuters quoted the spokeswoman as saying.

Under the deal secured with EU leaders on Sunday, the UK will leave the bloc in March with continued close trade ties. But the odds look stacked against May getting it approved by a divided British parliament.

The British leader on Sunday closed 17 months of painful talks with Brussels by sealing Brexit arrangements with the 27 other EU heads of state and government.

However, May faces a difficult task getting parliamentary approval for the deal.

(With inputs from news agencies)