BORIS Johnson joked “we’re not keen on that chlorinated chicken” in a fresh jibe at Jeremy Corbyn when he met Mike Pence in Downing Street.
The PM could not resist taking a dig at the Labour leader after the pair battled it out in the Commons during a chaotic week in Westminster.
U.S Vice President Pence is visiting London as Boris plots a bonanaza UK-US post Brexit trade deal.
BO-JO told his guest that NHS would not be included in negotiations with Washington after we left the EU on October 31.
“The National Health Service is not on the table as far as negotiations go,” Johnson said as he received Pence at his Downing Street office.
In a barb aimed at opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson also joked: “We’re not too keen on your chlorinated chicken – we have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own here on the opposition benches.”
Pence told Johnson the United States supported Brexit and was ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement.
We’re not too keen on your chlorinated chicken – we have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own here on the opposition benches.
“The United States supports the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union,” Pence said.
Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump said he wanted the NHS to be included in trade talks but back-tracked quickly after his comments alarmed many people in Britain where the health service is a cherished institution.
Britain’s prime minister at the time, Theresa May, said the NHS would be off-limits.
Pence estimated a commerce deal between the United States and Britain could increase trade three or four-fold.
“Were anxious to do that,” he said. “We’re anxious to stand with you and to do everything in our power to strengthen what has been a historic and special relationship.”
Johnson said he wanted to bring down U.S. barriers to British products as varied as Scottish haggis, British lamb and shower trays.
“I know that you guys are pretty tough negotiators so we are going to work hard to make sure that that free trade deal is one that works for all sides,” he said.
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Donald Trump has been an outspoken supporter of Boris and yesterday backed him to win a general election next month.
Speaking in the Oval Office, the president told reporters that the PM “knows how to win” and is “going to be fine”.
Asked today about the ongoing turmoil, President Trump said: “Boris a friend of mine, and he’s going at it, there’s no question about it.
“I watched him this morning. He’s in there fighting.
“Boris knows how to win. He knows how to win. Don’t worry about him. He’s going to be fine.”
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