White House Adviser to Visit U.K. Next Month for Trade Talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
U.S. Director of the Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks in Washington, D.C., December 10, 2019. (Reuters/Al Drago)

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday he would visit Britain in early January for economic and trade talks following the victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in last Thursday’s election.

PM Johnson won the election on a pledge to take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31. He has said he wants to negotiate a trade deal with the United States as soon as possible while also forging a new trade relationship with the EU.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Kudlow said he and U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger would travel to Britain “to talk about a lot of things, including trade.”

“We’ll probably get started on that very soon,” Kudlow said, referring to the planned U.S.-U.K. trade deal.

Kudlow said he had no specifics on the negotiations, but that U.S. officials planned to tackle a British trade deal “as soon as possible.”

In a phone conversation on Monday, PM Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump said they looked forward to continued close cooperation and the negotiation of an “ambitious free trade agreement,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.