U.S., Britain Upbeat as Trade Talks Enter New Round



Tim Hepher and William James | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States and Britain expressed optimism about the prospects of a trade deal on Tuesday as they launched the latest round of talks focused on goods and tariffs.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a security conference he was “very pleased” with progress in negotiations with Britain and predicted a trade deal “reasonably soon”.

British trade minister Liz Truss said the two sides were intensifying talks as they enter a fifth round.

Britain has put a U.S. trade deal at the top of its post-Brexit wish list, having cited the freedom to strike bilateral deals as one of the main benefits of leaving the European Union.

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