With Britain and America seen to be growing ever closer, Europe appeared to signal a trade war by moving to rush through trade deals across the world.

In a clear indication that Germany is worried about the close ties being forged between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, the country urged Brussels to hurry up to tie up deals in the pipeline.

There has been mounting tension already between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been critical of his trade policy. And, while Mrs May was invited to a face to face meeting at the White House this week, Ms Merkel had to make do with a conversation with the new US president over the phone.

Hand in hand

President Trump and Mrs May both talked up the special relationship enjoyed by their two countries, during her visit. And, at one point, Mr Trump was seen taking her hand as the pair walked through the grounds of the White House. President Trump has also said he believes Brexit is a wonderful opportunity.

He told Mrs May that he was honoured to host her at the White House, and also gave reassurances to her that he was committed to NATO, which she sees as the cornerstone of security for the Western world. The two were also expected to have discussed tentative trade deals, although nothing formal can be put in place until Britain actually leaves the EU.

And, in a further sign of the strong ties between the US and the UK, Mrs May revealed during the press conference at the White House that the Queen had invited President Trump and the First Lady to visit her later this year.

By contract, Ms Merkel is said to be becoming increasing upset about not being able to engage with Mr Trump, and she has urged the EU to quickly tie up 12 deals which are in the pipeline with countries across the world.