Washington is pushing for a free trade deal with London after Brexit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday after meeting with the new British government’s Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, in Washington.
At a joint press conference, Pompeo thanked Boris Johnson’s government for joining the new Persian Gulf Safety Initiative and stated that whatever London’s final decision on Brexit is, Washington will respect it.
“We support the UK’s sovereign decision, and whatever decision we make about Brexit, we’ll be at the door with our feathers, ready to sign the new FTA as soon as possible,” said the head of US diplomacy.
Dominic Raab stressed that Boris Johnson and his government were “absolutely determined, determined” to leave the European Union at the end of October, with or without agreement. He also hoped that after October 31, the Johnson government would sign a trade agreement with the Trump administration “as soon as possible.”
At a press conference in response to a journalist question, Pompeo said he was optimistic about the future of the US-North Korean talks. As he put it, the US government plans to continue working group talks within “a few weeks”.