Dominic Raab will fly to Washington to step up negotiations with Trump over US trade deal and says ‘Brussels isn’t the only game in town’


BRITAIN’S new Foreign Secretary says he is to step up trade negotiations with the US – in a clear message to the EU.

Dominic Raab is to fly to Washington in the coming weeks to “pave” the way for a future trade deal with President Donald Trump.

Dominic Raab said'Brussels isn't the only game in town'
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In an interview with the Times, he said: “We want a strong relationship with our European friends and partners.. but we also want to raise our horizons.

“Brussels isn’t the only game in town.”

Boris Johnson’s new deputy then revealed he had already spoken to Mike Pompeo, who is the US Secretary of State.

He said: “I explained how pleased we were to have a US administration, including the president, speaking so warmly about this country.

“We’ve got a president who has spoken about this country with the kind of warmth we haven’t heard for quite a long period of time.

“Now people will have their views and it’s quite right that in domestic politics, pundits and politicians are (free to) express them about any leader.

“But I’m delighted that we’ve got a US president talking about this country with such warmth.”

The two world leaders used their first phone call to discuss the ‘unparalleled’ opportunities Brexit will bring

The news comes after Boris Johnson and Mr Trump vowed to broker an “ambitious” free trade deal as soon as the UK leaves the EU.

The two world leaders used their first phone call to discuss the “unparalleled” opportunities Brexit will bring to the Special Relationship.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “This evening the Prime Minister spoke to President Trump, who congratulated him on his new role.

“They discussed the important relationship between our countries and the President’s successful State Visit to the UK last month.

“They agreed that Brexit offers an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the economic partnership between the UK and United States.

“The leaders both expressed their commitment to delivering an ambitious free trade agreement and to starting negotiations as soon as possible after the UK leaves the EU.


“The Prime Minister and the President also discussed the current tensions with Iran and the need to work together and with partners to address their destabilising behaviour in the Gulf.

“They ended by looking forward to seeing each other at the G7 Summit in Biarritz next month.”

The pair have met previously when Boris was Foreign Secretary, and the pair have chatted on the phone multiple times in the last month.

It’s expected that the new PM will make visiting his friend in the US one of his top priorities to kick-start a bumper trade deal for after we leave the EU.

The call comes after US Ambassador Woody Johnson said Trump and Johnson will have a “sensational” relationship.

He said: “The new relationship between your new Prime Minister and our President… it’s going to be sensational. He shows a lot of leadership, it’s very positive.

“Their leadership has a lot in common. Both have their own style but similarities – a clear vision of what they want to accomplish.”

Britain will be at the “front of the line” for a new trade deal with the US after we officially leave the EU, he added.

“The President is going to try and move the ball forwards – the UK is our most important ally in security and prosperity, he knows that.”

Donald Trump has congratulated Boris as soon as he was elected
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