DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday it would likely take a couple of years to negotiate a trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the bloc
She noted a deal with Canada had taken around seven years and was still pending approval with the EU parliament, but said others were quicker.
"It's hard to say (how long). It takes a couple of years depending on what they want," she said, speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum. "We are negotiating 15-16 trade deals at the moment so we are busy."
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Asked if the UK would be at the end of the queue she said "Yes".
"Trade agreements take time as they are so complex," Malmstrom added.
(Reporting by Sujata Rao; Editing by Dominic Evans)