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Malaysia is the latest country to offer Britain a post-Brexit trade deal, after Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said last week that the UK would be “first in line” with the US. In a statement to Bloomberg, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said: “Post-Brexit, the UK will have a historic opportunity to strike a trade deal with one of the world’s fastest-growing regions and prove that it can shed European red tape and protectionism.”
It comes as Mr Johnson is set to head to Berlin and Paris this week to call for a new Brexit agreement.
The Prime Minister is demanding the controversial Irish backstop is scrapped from the divorce deal.
Mr Johnson’s meetings with the French President and German Chancellor come ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz at the end of the week, where he is also likely to meet the US President for talks.
It comes after leaked documents detailed the “aftershocks” Britain could face if there is no deal.
The “Operation Yellowhammer” documents warn that Britain will be hit by food, fuel and medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
A senior Whitehall source told the Sunday Times: “This is not Project Fear, this is the most realistic assessment of what the public face with no deal. These are likely, basic, reasonable scenarios – not the worst case.”
There could even be protests across the UK which would “require significant amounts of police resources” in a no-deal scenario, according to the documents.
But a Number 10 source insisted the “entire posture of Government has changed” since the papers were drawn up.
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In a statement to Bloomberg, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said: “Post-Brexit, the UK will have a historic opportunity to strike a trade deal with one of the world’s fastest-growing regions and prove that it can shed European red tape and protectionism.” Mr Mohamad also promised “better trade terms” than if the UK remained in the EU.
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