The US is ready to forge a new bilateral trade deal with the UK as soon as possible, said Paul Ryan, speaker of the US House of Representatives.
In London today, Ryan said Brexit should be viewed as a "real opportunity for our two nations" and said US President Donald Trump is committed to working with the British government to achieve a trade agreement.
"The United States stands ready to forge a new trade agreement with Great Britain as soon as possible so that we may further tap into the great potential between our two people," Ryan said at the Policy Exchange think tank.
"We want, as soon as the UK is ready and able, to do a trade agreement, a bilateral trade agreement."
The US-UK relationship should draw on the characters of our peoples, and the pillars of our societies—freedom, democracy, and enterprise. pic.twitter.com/qRYOcuBeXV— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 19, 2017
In a tweet, Ryan said a strong US and UK relationship is more important now than ever.
Thank you for the warm welcome to London, Chancellor @PHammondMP. A strong US-UK relationship is more important than ever. https://t.co/3cWsgUIvBb— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 19, 2017
He also offered his support to Prime Minister Theresa May over her decision to call a snap election.
“Times like these call for bold leadership, and Theresa May is certainly setting the standard. Yesterday’s news and today’s vote is indeed a historic event," he said.