US Vice President Mike Pence gave Boris Johnson a much needed pre-election boost as said a bumper trade deal would quadruple business between the two countries.
Donald Trump’s right-hand man met the PM for talks in No10 yesterday in a sign of the strengthening ties between Mr Johnson and the US President’s administration.
US Vice President Mike Pence met Boris Johnson to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with America[/caption]
Mr Pence said: “I spoke to President Trump this morning, your friend, and he sent his very best greetings and to assure you that the United States supports the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
“But he also wanted me to convey that the United States is ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.
“The President often says the US has the biggest economy in the world and we truly believe that a free trade agreement between the United States and the UK could increase trade between our country by three or four times.
“We are anxious to do that and to stand with you and do everything in our power to strengthen what has been a historic and special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.”
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In the meeting Mr Johnson again warned Washintgon Trump’s administration the NHS is “not on the table” during any post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
The PM said he would not allow the health service to be carved up in trade talks with America and added that Britain was “not too keen on that chlorinated chicken”.
In a dig at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his decision to block a general election, Mr Johnson added: “We have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own on the opposition benches.”
Donald Trump is thought to fully support Britain’s decision to leave the European Union[/caption]
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