US and China will avoid trade war, British minister hopes

Published: May 10, 2019 17:58:41

British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday he is optimistic that the United States and China would step back from a trade war that would have a 'very serious' negative effect on Britain and the world economy.

“I’m optimistic that in the end there will be a deal between China and the US. That’s very important for us in the UK because our economy is a very open economy, so it’s very exposed to what’s happening elsewhere,” he said, reports Reuters quoting broadcaster Sky News.

Hammond added that first-quarter GDP data released earlier in the day showed Britain was on track to meet official growth forecasts for 2019, even taking into account the effect of stockpiling by businesses ahead of Brexit.

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