Liam Fox, the U.K.'s trade secretary, told CNBC that a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the United States is still moving forward, but declined to give a date on when such an agreement could be completed.
Fox is in Singapore where he is attempting to strengthen trade relationships and make the case for the U.K.'s accession to the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Britain is on a diplomatic charm offensive around the world, as it looks to prepare for new trade arrangements after it leaves the European Union in 2019.
Fox told CNBC's Nancy Hungerford that President Donald Trump was spearheading the U.S. willingness to set up a new deal and he had made that clear on his trip to Britain in July.
"The president was very clear. I met with the president when he was in the United Kingdom. I have also met with ambassador (Robert) Lighthizer and Secretary (Wilbur) Ross on numerous occasions," he said.
"There is a strong willingness, including in Congress, to see a trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States," Fox added.
Fox was reluctant, however, to put a date on when any transatlantic arrangement could be finalized, adding only "as quickly as we can."