US President Donald Trump has said he believes Britain can have a “very very substantial trade deal” with the US after it leaves the EU.
Mr Trump told Theresa May to “stick around” during a meeting with business leaders on day two of his state visit.
The pair are now meeting at No 10, with contentious issues such as doing business with Huawei on the agenda.
During a breakfast meeting at St James’s Palace earlier today, Mr Trump said he believed there was scope for further expansion of trade between the US and the UK.
“I think we will have a very, very substantial trade deal,” he told Mrs May.
“This is something you want to do and my folks want to do,” he added. “Stick around. Let’s do this deal.”
The meeting of five British and five American firms, senior ministers and officials was held in a bid to boost trade links.
Mrs May said there were “huge opportunities” for Britain and the US to work together in the future.
“It is a great partnership but I think a partnership we can take even further,” she told the president, adding: “Of course that is with a good bilateral trade deal.”
The US president is set to hold talks with Conservative leadership hopeful Michael Gove, according to sources close to the environment secretary.