Top British ministers in U.S. to 'fast-track' post-Brexit deal

Paschal Donohoe

Briefing reporters alongside Mr. Raab on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration will be waiting "pen in hand" to sign a trade deal with the United Kingdom once Brexit is completed, now set for no later than October 31.

Mr Donohoe said the appointment of Mr Johnson as Prime Minister had "added a new dynamic" to Brexit talks.

The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country's new foreign secretary made his first official visit to the United States.

"We support the United Kingdom's sovereign choice, however Brexit ultimately shakes out and we'll be on the doorstep, pen in hand, ready to sign a new free trade agreement at the earliest possible time", Pompeo said.

Mr. Johnson has said his government is bracing the country for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit amid dire warnings of backlogged customs and border checks, new tariffs on trade with Europe and the loss of clout that comes with being part of a 28-nation bloc.

'Having already laid the groundwork, we are fast-tracking this deal so that businesses are able to take advantage of the golden opportunity to increase trade with the USA as soon as possible'.

With both the foreign secretary and worldwide trade secretary Liz Truss both in the United States to discuss trade with President Trump's top team within two weeks of the formation of the new Johnson Cabinet, it is clear that is no longer the working culture of 10 Downing Street.

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However, US politicians have warned that Congress is unlikely to sign off on any deal if Brexit has put the peace process in Ireland at risk.

"So, there are a number of ways that a no-deal can be avoided on the 31st of October".

"The US is our biggest trading partner and we have more than US$1 trillion (S$1.38 trillion) invested in each other's economies".

Last year, the United States ran a US$20 billion trade surplus with Britain. "We want to get formal talks moving quickly", she added.

Top US exports are financial services and aircraft while British exports include autos and tourism.

Boris Johnson, who became prime minister in July, hopes that his warm relationship with President Donald Trump will lead to a bilateral trade deal with the US.

"Having already laid the groundwork, we are fast-tracking this deal so that businesses are able to take advantage of the golden opportunity to increase trade with the USA as soon as possible", she added.

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