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US ‘Committed’ To Trade Deal With Post-Brexit Britain

 

The United States mentioned Friday it was prepared to hunt a free-trade take care of Britain as soon as it leaves the European Union, an exit made sure by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s sweeping election win.

Johnson’s Conservative Party campaigned on a pledge to strike an accord with Washington, providing an financial fillip regardless of the lack of the huge widespread European market nearer to house.

“The United States is committed to the US-UK shared global agenda, including expanding our robust economic relationship by reaching a comprehensive free-trade agreement with the UK once it formally withdraws from the European Union,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus mentioned in a congratulatory message.

President Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly voiced enthusiasm for a free commerce take care of Britain, supporting Brexit as an assertion of sovereignty.

But any settlement may face hurdles in Congress the place lawmakers need assurances that Brexit and its re-erection of borders won’t jeopardize the delicate peace in Northern Ireland.

Trump — who, like Johnson, has emphasised nationalism and periodically surprised the general public with outspoken remarks — earlier Friday hailed the British prime minister’s win as a harbinger for his personal probabilities subsequent 12 months.

Trump’s strategy contrasts sharply together with his predecessor Barack Obama, who warned earlier than the 2016 Brexit vote that Britain can be on the “back of the queue” if it left the European Union.

An aide to Obama later mentioned his public warning — utilizing the British “queue” relatively than the extra American “line” — got here on the request of the then prime minister, David Cameron, who campaigned towards Brexit within the referendum he known as himself.

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