America will not negotiate a new trade deal with Britain until the UK's future relationship with the European Union becomes clearer.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday that the two countries cannot launch negotiations on bilateral trade and investment deals until more is known about any newly-shaped agreement between Britain and Europe.
Speaking to British counterpart Liam Fox, Mr Froman said the "United States will be prepared to engage in conversations with the United Kingdom about how to develop our trade and investment relationship in the best way at the appropriate time".
Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the UK would not rush its exit from the EU.
Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European bloc over a month ago.
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Scotland could remain part of Britain while retaining EU membership, even if the rest of the UK leaves, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested.
The First Minister said she could not rule out the possibility following June's referendum result, which saw Scotland heavily back staying within the European Union in contrast to the overall result.
Asked about the possibility, David Davis - the minister appointed to help steer the country through Brexit - warned that there would not be "internal borders" created in Britain.
Scotland voted to stay part of the UK in its own independence referendum in 2012, but Ms Sturgeon has previously said the option of a second vote should be back "on the table" following the Brexit decision, to honour the will of the Scottish people.
European Union citizens who arrive in the UK before Britain officially leaves the EU may not have their right to remain in the country protected.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, David Davis, the country's new minister responsible for steering the country through Brexit, was quoted as saying there could be a cut-off point after which new arrivals will not be able to stay indefinitely.
"We may have to say that the right to indefinite leave to remain protection only applies before a certain date," he said.
"But you have to make those judgments on reality not speculation."
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