Published On: Mon, Sep 23rd, 2019

Brexit news: Boris woos US businesses as Trump to ‘unveil trade deal’ | Politics | News

Mr Johnson’s upbeat outlook comes ahead of a meeting with President Donald Trump in New York where the pair look set to strike an ambitious UK-US trade deal. Ahead of meeting Mr Trump the Prime Minister is due to meet with US and Canadian business leaders. He will tell them: “As we come out of the EU we are going up a gear. “We are going to take advantage of all the freedoms that Brexit can give.

“Whether that is new tax allowances for investment. Or speeding up public procurement contracts.

“Or creating free ports and new enterprise zones.

“Or devising better regulation for the sectors in which the UK leads the world.

“We want a market that is open to the world.

“With the most competitive tax rates and the best-skilled workforce in the hemisphere.”

Reaching out to US businesses, ahead of a potential multi-trillion pound trade deal with America, Mr Johnson will say: “And so I say to our American friends we will roll out the red carpet.

“We are increasing the number of visas for scientists. We are ensuring that your brilliant students can stay on for two years so as to get real value from their studies.

“And so that our economy benefits from their expertise.

“This year our country takes a giant step out into the world. In keeping with our traditions but also with our new ambitions.

“To build on our friendships and relationships with our friends in Europe, the US and Canada.

“We do it with confidence to make Britain the best place in the world to start, run and build a business.

“The place you will want to be, the place you will want your business to be. And that’s why I say to everyone here come and join us.”

Mr Trump and Mr Johnson could publicly commit to the timeline of a trade deal when they meet today.

A senior government source said: “The political will is there now on both sides to do the deal by July.

“It’s a great win for us, and Trump is also really keen to shout about it in the States.”

“There is also a recognition on both sides of the Atlantic that it must be done by then because the US election cycle starts soon afterwards.”


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