THE US is ready to strike a free trade deal with Britain as soon as possible, according to a senior member of Donald Trump’s Republican Party.
Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, told an audience in central London that American lawmakers are committed to a bilateral trade agreement with the UK.
Ryan said: “Now that Article 50 has been invoked, the UK and the EU will determine the best path forward over the course of these negotiations.
“We are committed to working with President Trump and your Government to achieve a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Britain.
“This is one of the bipartisan messages I bring with me – I bring Democrats and Republicans here to this room to this country today, to say that the United States stands ready to forge a new trade agreement with Great Britain as soon as possible so that we may further tap into the great potential between our two people.”
Ryan’s message provides a significant boost for Theresa May as EU leaders take the first steps towards agreeing a negotiating position for forthcoming Brexit talks.
The PM yesterday announced plans to call a snap election ahead of the start of the negotiations in order to give the government a stronger mandate for action.
The proposals were put before Parliament today needing a two thirds majority to be approved.
MPs were in favour of the plans by a massive margin of 522 – 13, with the General Election set to take place in just 50 days’ time.
As she opened the debate this afternoon, Mrs May promised to give the people their say in whether she should continue to lead the country through Brexit and beyond.
She said: “We are determined to bring stability to the United Kingdom for the long term and that’s what this election will be about – leadership and stability.
“The decision facing the country will be clear. I will be campaigning for strong and stable leadership in the national interest with me as Prime Minister and I will be asking for the public’s support to continue to deliver my plan for a stronger Britain, to lead the country for the next five years and to give the certainty and stability that we need.”
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