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Pompeo: UK ‘front of line’ for trade talks with US

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is welcomed by Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they meet at Downing Street on January 30, 2020 in London | Pool photo by Tolga Akmen/Getty Images

Pompeo: UK ‘front of line’ for trade talks with US

Washington wants to ‘lower every barrier,’ secretary of state says.

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1/30/20, 2:59 PM CET

Updated 1/30/20, 4:03 PM CET

LONDON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed today the United States intends to “put the U.K. at the front of the line” for negotiations on a trade deal and wants to “lower every barrier” between the two countries.

“An important part of this relationship is reducing the friction between these kinds of things, whether it is the friction of the ease of travel, it’s the ease of exchange or confidence in information systems, of our students going to each other’s schools and the cross-generation of knowledge that will flow from that, whether it is tariff barriers,” Pompeo at an event in London organized by the Policy Exchange think tank.

Those areas, along with security “are the things that, if we do this well together, will be special and unique about the relationship after the United Kingdom finishes this process of departure from the EU,” he said.

Pompeo added he is confident the U.K. will “remain a close partner” both for the U.S. and the EU after Brexit. “These are not exclusive relationships,” he said.

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