Pompeo: U.S. Will be Ready ‘Pen in Hand’ to Sign Trade Deal with UK After Brexit

Date: August 13, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Aug 7 that the U.S. will be “on the doorstep, pen in hand” and prepared to sign a trade agreement as soon as possible with the UK once they leave the European Union (EU).

“We support the United Kingdom’s sovereign choice, however Brexit ultimately shakes out,” he said.

Britain’s recently appointed foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, met with Pompeo in Washington to strengthen ties with the nation before their departure from the EU in October. Raab also met with President Donald Trump at the White House the day before and noted that he “was effusive in his warmth for the United Kingdom” when they met on Aug 6 at the White House.

“It was amazing to hear an American president talk about our country in such warm terms,” Raab said. “Of course, America is our single largest bilateral trading partner. President Trump has made clear again that he wants an ambitious free trade agreement with UK. So, I hope we can make that happen as soon as possible after we leave the EU on 31 October.”

The U.S. Congress will need to approve the deal that the U.S. plans the initiate with the UK. The Irish American Republicans in the House of Representatives said that they would block any deal that’s brought to them if Brexit ends up affecting the Irish border and their Good Friday peace agreement.

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