Delay to prestigious London summit threatens UK plans for quick free-trade deal with rich Middle Eastern states after Brexit

Plans for a prestigious UK-Gulf Co-operation Council meeting in London this year have been put on hold, threatening UK plans for a quick free-trade deal with some of the richest economies in the world after Brexit.

Theresa May promised last year to host the first meeting of the GCC nations outside the Gulf in December as part of a symbolic show of the UK’s strengthening trade and security ties with the regional bloc.

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