Wed Aug 7th, 2019 at 03:01:47 PM EST
At Last, Raab the Truth Teller
America, the land of opportunity for the Tory legacy of Boris Johnson.
Raab says Brexit will bring 'huge series of upsides' for UK trade | The Guardian |
Brexit will bring "a huge series of upsides" for the UK in international trade, Dominic Raab has promised at the start of a symbolically important trip to North America, during which he will press the White House about the need for a rapid deal.
Raab, a die-hard leave supporter, will be conscious of the need for positive words from Washington on a quick post-Brexit trade deal as a counterpoint to warnings over the likely economic impact on the UK of a no-deal departure from the EU.
A powerful group of Congress members warned last week that they would block any trade deal with the UK if Brexit affected the Irish border and jeopardised peace in Northern Ireland.
The UK's emphasis on a US deal was further illustrated with the news that the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, would also visit the country this week. She is to meet trade groups, officials and Congress members over four days, her department said.
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Buying Brexit bonds ... something like investing in Russian railroad a little over century ago ...
Raab's Freight Train Speeding West
Go West Young Man ...
UK trade delegation eyes post-Brexit deal with Trump | DW |
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrived with a trade delegation in Washington, where he hopes to process a quickfire free trade deal with US officials. Raab said he "looked forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal."
After meeting US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Raab expressed his appreciation for the "president's warmth and enthusiasm for the UK-US relationship." President Trump had told reporters after his first conversation with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain could be "three to four, five times" bigger than it is currently.
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FM Raab's Policy and Priorities ...
In a brief statement, Mr Raab said: "I was delighted to meet the president and the vice president on my first visit to Washington as Foreign Secretary.
Joining Trump in right-wing rhetoric and military campaigns ... an extension of Trump's trade wars!
U.S. Trade on Life Support ...