US Congress is already working on UK trade deal, says Iain Duncan Smith

Trump has promised the UK will be front of the queue for a trade deal with America

Donald Trump reiterated his promise of a UK trade deal in an interview with Michael Gove

Monday, January 16, 2017

Former UK government minister Iain Duncan Smith has told Sam Delaney that US politicians are already working on legislation to facilitate a trade deal with the UK.

The Conservative MP, who led the party from 2001 to 2003 and later served in David Cameron's government, spoke to talkRADIO in the aftermath of Donald Trump's interview with Michael Gove, in which he reiterated his claim that the UK is at the front of the queue for a trade deal with Washington.

Duncan Smith believes a trade deal will happen, and will happen soon. In fact he said several pieces of legislation are already going through Congress to set up a trade agreement with Britain.

The interviewee added that it was in America's interest to seek a deal with the UK, as "we are the oldest allies and friends of the United States historically," and we invest more in the US than any other country.

Although many have criticised Gove's handling of the interview with Mr Trump, suggesting he was overawed by the occasion, Duncan Smith said his fellow Tory MP and Brexiteer handled the interview well and the article revealed another side to the President-elect's character.

Listen to the interview above