Never one to undersell something, Donald Trump has loudly (aka in block capitals) hinted that the UK and US will sign a major trade deal.
In the manner of an enthusiastic, but slightly rushed, telegram officer, the US President tweeted:
"Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!"
Trade secretary Liam Fox is currently in the States, hoping to prepare the ground for trade deal ahead of Brexit.
Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Discussions were expected to focus on "providing certainty, continuity and increasing confidence for UK and US businesses" but not to actually strike a deal. As the government itself noted, the UK cannot conclude a free trade agreement ahead of leaving the EU, which is not expected to happen until 2019 at the earliest.
But it is thought chlorine-washed chickens will be on the menu, as stipulated by the American Farming Association, which has also insisted any deal must include hormone-fed beef and genetically modified crops.
Fox is reportedly open to lifting the chicken restrictions, once the UK is no longer bound by EU law.