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Theresa May is coming under increasing pressure to set out where she stands on Britain’s future trade agreements. Speaking at the end of a trade visit to China, the PM said Britain would not face a choice between a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit and striking deals with the rest of the world. It comes as she has faced criticism from Eurosceptic Tory MPs that she is heading for a “Brexit in name only”.

Full negotiations on the UK’s 2019 exit are to resume on Monday. Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in London on Monday for the first time this year, with officials from both sides continuing technical discussions during the week.

During the prime minister’s three-day visit to China, Downing Street said more than £9bn of business deals were signed and it agreed to a joint investment and trade review as the “first step” to an “ambitious” post-Brexit deal with the world’s second largest economy.


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