Boris Johnson has said Trump will put Britain first in line for trade deal
Speaking from Burma during an official state visit, the Foreign Secretary said he was “very optimistic” that a trade deal could be established quickly with the newly inaugurated President – once Britain had left the European Union – stressing the deal will have to work in the UK’s favour.
Mr Johnson said: “I think that the new President has made it very clear that he wants to put Britain at the front of the line for a new trade deal and obviously that’s extremely exciting and important.”
Although Donald Trump warned all foreign cities during his inaugural address that he would put “America first” in all his decisions, British ministers told the Telegraph that Trump’s team were in the process of confirming a deal for Britain already.
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A source close to Trump revealed a “passporting deal” is being considered, which will allow British and American firms to set up and trade in each other’s countries with minimum regulatory hurdles.
The deal will form part of the discussion during Mrs May’s trip to Washington to visit the President next week.
Mr Johnson added: “I want to offer my warmest congratulations to President Donald Trump on acceding to the most important political office in the world and I know that billions of people will be willing him to succeed in the months and years ahead in the very great challenges that he faces.
“We in the United Kingdom will work hand in glove for the stability, the prosperity and the security of the world with President Donald Trump.”
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During his trip to Burma, Mr Johnson was photographed joining in with prayers, dances and bell-ringing services.
Yesterday, he received an honorary dinner hosted by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese State Counsellor, so the could discuss bilateral cooperations and peace process efforts.
Boris Johnson at the honorary dinner with Burmese official Aung San Suu Kyi
Last week the Foreign Secretary suggested that there is already a high demand for trade deals with the UK from around the world.
He said: “They are already queuing up. Under EU rules, we are not formally allowed to negotiate these new treaties until we leave.
Johnson fully immersed himself in Burmese customs
“But there is nothing to say that ideas cannot be pencilled in.”