President Trump – as he will be from around 5pm Irish time on Friday – has declared that he will be putting the UK to the front of the queue for a generous free trade deal with the US. For her part, UK prime minister Theresa May has declared that “we want to get out into the wider world, to trade and do business all around the globe”, name-checking Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil and India on the way through as countries Britain would like to business with – as well of course as the US.

In the wider economic context, it makes perfect sense for the UK and US to strike a deal. However, as was the case with TTIP, it is when access for agricultural products comes on to the agenda that the discussions will get interesting.