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 PompeoHillicon Valley: Amazon alleges Trump interfered in Pentagon contract to hurt Bezos | Federal council warns Trump of cyber threats to infrastructure | China to remove foreign technology from government offices Trump, Russian foreign minister to meet Tuesday Impeachment, Ukraine, Syria and warheads color Washington visit by top Russian diplomat 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.


“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.

Raab's visit to the U.S. comes weeks after Boris Johnson became the new U.K. prime minister. Johnson has been one of the most vocal Brexit proponents and has maintained a positive relationship with President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE.