The US is ready to forge a new bilateral trade deal with the UK, says US House speaker Paul Ryan

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US House speaker Paul Ryan and chancellor Philip Hammond met in London today (Source: Getty)

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.

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"We want, as soon as the UK is ready and able, to do a trade agreement, a bilateral trade agreement."

In a tweet, Ryan said a strong US and UK relationship is more important now than ever.

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.

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