Pompeo: US will be ready 'pen in hand' to sign trade deal with UK after Brexit

Pompeo: US will be ready 'pen in hand' to sign trade deal with UK after Brexit
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo'China will not sit idly by' if US sells fighters to Taiwan, official says The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Iceland's prime minister will not be in town for Pence's visit MORE said Wednesday that the U.S. would be ready with "pen in hand" to sign a trade deal with the United Kingdom following Brexit.

Pompeo made the comment while standing alongside British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was visiting Washington.

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“We support the United Kingdom’s sovereign choice, however Brexit ultimately shakes out, and we’ll be on the doorstep, pen in hand, ready to sign a new free-trade agreement at the earliest possible time,” Pompeo said.

He also touted the "special" relationship between the two countries.

Raab said that the U.K. is “absolutely resolved” to leave the European Union by the end of October, according to The Associated Press.

British officials have signaled a desire to make trade deals with other countries following Brexit.

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