Ministers want to sign a “statement of intent” deal with Donald Trump within months to work on reducing trade US-UK barriers, The Sunday Telegraph understands. Government figures hope to fly to America early next year for talks with a view to issue a joint agreement promising to boost trade between the countries. It will be seen as Theresa May’s Government pushing ahead with its promise to boost trade with the rest of the world as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Crucially it would not break EU rules that forbid Britain signing fully trade deals until it has formally left the block, currently expected to be 2019. British breweries looking to sell into America have to contest with different labelling rules in each of the states, Mr Shanker said. Likewise insurance regulation is decided on a state level. So-called “behind the border” trade barriers like this are having one of the most “pernicious” effects on exporting across the world, according to Mr Shanker. They would likely be targeted in any UK-US talks on trade. Despite the opportunities on offer from Mr Trump’s victory, figures at the Department for International Trade are understood to be wary of pursing a deal too aggressively. There is a determination that talks cannot begin in earnest with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP] – a trade deal between the US and EU – still on the table.“While TTIP is under negotiation, Britain will use all our weight to get successful result for the EU,” a Whitehall source said. However Mr Trump is expected to pull his support for the deal soon. The move – which could include launching a working group to begin identifying possible reforms – is a stepping stone to a fully blown trade deal after Brexit. Trade officials will target reducing non-tariff barriers, such as ironing out differences in regulation in the two countries to help exporters. “Donald Trump’s victory opens up new options that weren’t there under the current administration. We are optimistic and waiting to hear what his trading position will look like,” a senior Whitehall source said. The drive comes amid new hope within Government that Mr Trump’s victory can boost Britain’s chances of flourishing economically after leaving the EU. Mr Trump praised the Brexit vote during his campaign while his advisers said Britain would not be at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal – as Barack Obama had said before the EU referendum. Britain is barred from signing any trade deal while remaining in the EU, meaning Liam Fox and his International Trade Department is limited in what they can agree before Brexit. However the rules do not forbid scoping talks, initial agreements and working groups from seeing how two countries can reduce trade barriers. Theresa May is hoping to fly out for a face-to-face meeting with Mr Trump in January and would likely take senior trade figures as well – as she did on her recent trip to India. The trip has been marked by Whitehall figures as the earliest possible moment to agree a pro-trade “statement of intent” between the two countries. America is Britain’s single biggest export market and there is a belief boosting trade by just half a per cent could be of huge financial benefit to UK companies. Unlike trade deals being scoped out with companies like India, a less expansive agreement with America is being targeted because eth economies are more aligned. Instead British trade officials will be looking at options for “widening and deepening” links with America, especially including reducing non-tariff barriers. Shanker Singham, the chairman of Legatum Institute’s special trade commission who advised Mitt Romney during his two US presidential bids, believes there is much scope for improvement .“There is no particular standard way of doing a trade agreement. Generally, first year or so is essentially a stock taking exercise,” he told this newspaper. “Like pulling weeds, you need to know what the actual barriers are before drawing up a deal. Different firms will have different views on whether something is a barrier or not.“They would ask what is preventing UK firms from having market access [in America] and market contestability, which means allowing them to be successful.” America’s network of regulations is especially complex because there are often different rules for each of the 50 states, making it harder for British firms to export. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leaderCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Donald TrumpCredit:AP Photo/ Evan Vucci In a separate development, Jeremy Corbyn has launched his strongest attack against Mr Trump since his unexpected US election victory earlier this month. In a marked contrast to the tone adopted by Theresa May, the Labour leader accused Mr Trump of being a “climate denier” who will not defend the world’s environment.Mr Corbyn also suggested Mr Trump has jumped on the “understandable cynicism” of voters in the face of globalisation to stoke anger against minorities.“We can see the choice taken by politicians on the hard right – to whip up division against migrants, Muslims, Mexicans, women, LGBT people, people with disabilities,” he said in a speech on Saturday.“The fake anti-elitism of rich white men like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. It’s farcical at one level, but in reality it’s no joke.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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