A NORTH-EAST landmark is representing the UK as it appears on the front page of the government's Brexit trade deal with the US... and Donald Trump will see it.

Stockton's Infinity Bridge, which has been used by the government along with an image of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, will be seen, albeit briefly,' by the US President as talks begin later this month.

Published last night, the UK-US Free Trade Agreement sets out the UKs approach to trade negotiations with the US, which is "forecast" to deliver for the UK but mostly the North-East, the Midlands and Scotland.

The Northern Echo:

The government claims major industries including: manufacturers of ceramics, the automotive industry, food and drink and professional services are just some that will benefit from tariff free access to the US.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Teesside should rightly be on the global stage and it is fantastic that Stockton’s Infinity Bridge has been used to showcase our region on such an historic and important document.

"Everyone who reads the agreement will now be able to see what a fantastic part of the world we have.

“As Mayor, I was elected to work with anyone and everyone to attract inward investment into Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, and that includes the US.

"American companies like Cummins in Darlington, ConocoPhillips at Seal Sands, Caterpillar in Skinningrove and Huntsman at Wilton have invested hundreds of millions of pounds into our regional economy, and support thousands of livelihoods in our area. 

“This area has so much potential, especially at the South Tees Development Corporation, and because we have struck a deal with SSI to take control of the former Redcar steelworks and bring it into local ownership, we’ve got even more opportunities provide good quality, well-paid jobs and prosperity for local people.

"We have the building blocks in place and we’re making great progress. We cannot go back to square one."

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We have the best negotiators in the business and of course, we’re going to drive a hard bargain to boost British industry.

"Trading Scottish smoked salmon for Stetson hats, we will deliver lower prices and more choice for our shoppers.

"Most importantly, this transatlantic trade deal will reflect the unique closeness of our two great nations."

The Northern Echo:

International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss said: "Striking ambitious free trade agreements with our partners around the world is one of the key opportunities of Britain becoming an independent trading nation once again.

"This deal with our biggest single trading partner will cut red tape for our small businesses, cut tariffs for our great products from dairy to cars and increase growth in all four nations."