Downing Street has reportedly agreed for negotiations to kick off on Wednesday despite the coronavirus crisis. Donald Trump is said to be desperate to reach a deal ahead of the US presidential election in November.
A source told The Sun: “No10 gave the green light late this week for the talks to start.
“The process has been significantly speeded up.”
The talks will be carried out remotely while coronavirus travel restrictions are in place.
Britain is set to start trade talks with the US next week, according to reports
Downing Street has reportedly agreed for negotiations to kick off on Wednesday despite the coronavirus crisis
The first round, which will last two weeks, will be held between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Boris Johnson is said to have put off trade talks with the US until now due to ongoing negotiations with the EU.
The UK is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of 2020 as the two sides thrash out a free trade agreement.
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Donald Trump is said to be desperate to reach a deal ahead of the US presidential election in November
The Prime Minister has repeatedly insisted he will not push back the deadline despite claims the timeframe is too tight.
Mr Trump promised to strike a “massive” trade deal with the UK after Mr Johnson’s general election victory in December.
The US President said the agreement could be “far bigger and more lucrative” that any deal with the EU.
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The first round, which will last two weeks, will be held between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
He tweeted: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN!
“Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT.
“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!”
Stumbling blocks in a trade deal between the UK and the US could include food standards and the NHS.
Mr Trump sparked a backlash during his state visit last year when he suggested the health service could be “on the table” in an agreement.
But the US President later rowed back on the comments.