A senior adviser to Donald Trump has said the president is hopeful for a successful Brexit so that the US and UK can pursue a fast-track trade deal.
John Bolton, national security adviser, met with Boris Johnson on a visit to London.
He said the purpose of the trip was to convey president Trump's desire to see a successful Brexit and “offer to be of help in any way”, with the hope of striking a “fully comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom as soon as possible.”
He added: “To be clear, in the Trump administration, Britain's constantly at the front of the trade queue, or line as we say.”
A gradual “sector by sector” approach could help speed up the process of securing an agreement, according to Mr Bolton.
It would involve locking in quick, straightforward deals in areas where the two countries may agree, such as manufacturing and car-making, and working out more complicated sectors later.
Nevertheless, Mr Bolton also acknowledged the “importance and urgency” of working on agreements “as rapidly as possible” ahead of the Brexit deadline.
Conservative MP Mark Francois told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that Mr Bolton’s comments were “very encouraging.”
“It is very encouraging to know that our most powerful ally, the most powerful country on earth has said ‘we are with you.’”
However, he went on to criticise the MPs at home for playing “ridiculous games” to attempt to stop Britain withdrawing from the EU without a deal.
A new poll today showed that 89 per cent of a survey of 2,000 British adults feel, when it comes to Brexit, MPs "ignore the wishes of voters and push their own agendas".