Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Get on with Brexit! Trump ‘ready willing and able’ to negotiate free trade deal with UK | Politics | News

The US vice president met with Boris Johnson today for a series of talks and it has been revealed that Mr Pence has said the US is “ready and willing and able” to negotiate a free trade deal whenever the UK is ready. Ahead of this morning’s meeting, the vice president said the US “stand with” the UK’s decision to pursue Brexit. He said his country “respects the will of the people” and offered “support” over the Uk’s decision to leave the European Union.

The Prime Minister reportedly mocked Jeremy Corbyn in today’s meeting, with Justin Sink, the White House correspondent for Bloomberg saying: “Johnson jabs Corbyn in Pence mtg: ‘The national health service is not on the table as far as our negotiations go. and nor – we’re not too keen on that chlorinated chicken either. we have a gigantic chlorinated chicken already here on the opposition bench.'”

The chlorinated chicken remark allegedly refers to Washington’s exports of poultry to the country.

The apparent joke came after the Prime Minister referred to Jeremy Corbyn as “the only chlorinated chicken [in the UK]” in the Commons yesterday.

The jibe referred to the Labour leaders’ concerns about a trade agreement with the US and his alleged “cowardice” to pressure the EU on Brexit talks and to leave the bloc without a deal on October 31.

Mr Pence said last week: “The United States of America stands with the United Kingdom in its decision to leave the European Union.

“That was a decision that was made by the people of the United Kingdom in a referendum, now the better part of three years ago.

“I’ll be travelling tonight to London. I’ll be meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and discussing just that.”

Mr Pence said the US recognised that Brexit was “a complex issue”.

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He added: “Make no mistake about it, America respects the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, respects the will of the people of the United Kingdom and we respect and support the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

“And we will continue to express that support and hope to see the European Union and the United Kingdom come together around that negotiating table that Prime Minister Johnson spoke of just a few days ago and reach an agreement that will meet the needs of the aspirations of the people of the United Kingdom and also provide for an orderly Brexit.”

Earlier this week the vice president met with Irish leader Leo Varadkar to encourage him to negotiate with Mr Johnson in “good faith” to reach an agreement that minimised disruption to commerce.

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