UK 'cannot negotiate' US deal until after Brexit
From BBC Europe reporter Gavin Lee
The European Commission has reiterated that the UK will not be allowed to engage in formal talks of any capacity involving a trade deal with the US, until 2019, when Britain has finished the process of leaving the European Union.
The former UKIP leader and leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, who’s met with president-elect Donald Trump, says he expected a deal to be done within three months of Trump taking office.
Mr Trump, himself, has said he expects an agreement to be reached quickly although he has not out any timeframe on it.
But speaking to the BBC, a spokeswoman for the European Commission says that “categorically won't be possible”, because formal talks “cannot take place in any official capacity until Britain has finished it’s negotiations".