Gove says Britain deeply saddened by European Union refusing to negotiate on Brexit

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"We support the United Kingdom's sovereign choice however Brexit ultimately shakes out, and will be at the doorstep, pen in hand, ready to sign on to a new free trade agreement at the earliest possible time", Pompeo said at a press conference with Raab.

"What I am saying is it doesn't end of the 31st of October, if we have no deal we are going to have to talk and the first things on the agenda are going to be citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the solution to the Irish border, before we even start to talk about a free trade agreement".

Boris Johnson insists a Transatlantic trade agreement will be one of the big benefits of leaving the European Union, which he has said must happen by the end of October.

Gove, the minister with responsibility for no-deal preparations, claimed that he was "deeply saddened that the European Union now seems to be refusing to negotiate with UK".

The taoiseach reiterated the EU's position that the Withdrawal Agreement was not open for renegotiation but said there was scope to offer clarifications and make changes to the political declaration on the future relationship.

"This government, this cabinet is absolutely resolved, determined to leave the European Union by the end of October", Raab said.

"There are many ways by which a no-deal can be avoided".

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He was speaking amid reports suggesting there's now no prospect of fresh talks between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Top US exports are financial services and aircraft while British exports include autos and tourism.

Raab met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday and said Trump had called him into the Oval Office for a "preliminary chat".

Mr Raab is due to meet his USA counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Washington today but the face time with Mr Trump and his deputy was unannounced beforehand.

The US is the UK's biggest individual trading partner, with around $64.4 billion of westward exports in 2018. "We want to get formal talks moving quickly", she added.

At any other time, such talk would be dismissed as outlandish but the chaos around Brexit has brought us to the point where accepted norms are being ignored and the usual rules jettisoned.

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