President Donald Trump reportedly invited British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit him at the White House in January. The meeting between the two leaders would follow the Conservative Party’s victory in the elections earlier this month and Britain’s expected exit from the European Union (EU).
“Some potential dates have been floated in mid-January but nothing has yet been formally agreed. But it is clear that both sides want to make it happen sometime in early 2020,” a White House source told the Sunday Times in London.
Johnson’s Conservative Party won the majority of seats in the British elections earlier this month, clearing the way for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on Jan. 31.
The EU was born as a customs union led by the central authorities of the bloc. The member countries had to relinquish control over sovereign trade policies, leaving them without sufficient autonomy to reach agreements with countries outside the organization.
That’s why Trump praised Johnson for his election victory, saying it opened the possibility of a trade agreement between the two countries.
“Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT,” President Trump said Dec. 13.
“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!” the president added in a tweet.
In his almost three years in office, President Trump has been characterized by his disassociation from the globalist pacts and plans of organizations such as the EU or the U.N., aiming to reach agreements with other nations—in a mutually beneficial relationship—such as the one reached with Canada and Mexico. (USMCA).
Recently the anti-Brexit sector, led by opponent Jeremy Corbyn, began to claim that the eventual agreement between Britain and the United States would include the sale of the National Health Service (NHS) and thus an increase in drug prices. An argument that both Prime Minister Johnson and President Trump denied.
“Once again, Jeremy Corbyn is desperately trying to whip up absurd scare stories about our NHS to distract from his confused position on Brexit and plans for two referendums,” responded Matt Hancock, the British health secretary, according to The Guardian.
With regard to the financial markets, the results of the British election produced the biggest jump in the pound sterling in three years, reaching its highest level against the euro since December 2016.