Top Republican says UK is at front of queue for US trade deal

Top Republican puts UK to the top of the US trade deal ladder

Bob Corker answering questions for reporters

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A top Republican has said the UK will be in the "front seat" for a US trade deal in the Trump administration. 

Boris Johnson has been in the US for a meeting with Trump's advisors in New York and key figures in the Republican Party in Washington.

After meeing him, Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Britain would be a "top priority" for a trade deal. 

President Obama had previously said that the UK would go to the back of the queue if the public voted to leave the EU.

The Foreign Secretary praised Corker's statement, saying the US and UK would have "an exciting year" ahead.  

Johnson said: "The Trump administration-to-be has a very exciting agenda of change. One thing that won't change is the close relationship between the US and the UK.

"We are America's principal partner in working for global security and, of course, we are great campaigners for free trade.

"We hear that we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. It's going to be a very exciting year for both our countries."