Boris Johnson said on Monday that he is optimistic in striking a post-Brexit trade deal with President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a conference in Greenwich the prime minister insisted in doing a trade deal with the US the UK will be “governed by science and not by mumbo-jumbo” because, the potential is “enormous.”
Johnson told “naive and juvenile anti-Americans” in the UK to “grow up” and “get a grip.” He added, we could strike a “massive” new trade deal with he US which has potential to be “far bigger and more lucrative” than any deal with the EU.
He said, “We will get going with our friends in America and I share the optimism of President Trump.
“And I say to all the naive and juvenile anti-Americans in this country if there are any – there seem to be some – I say grow up and get a grip. The US already buys one fifth of everything we export.”
The PM said there would be “difficulties” but insisted that the NHS would not be on the table.
“And no, we will not accept any diminution in food hygiene or animal welfare standards.
“But I must say to the America-bashers in this country, if there are any, in doing free trade deals we will be governed by science and not by mumbo jumbo because the potential is enormous.”
The US ambassador to the UK tweeted, “Good to catch up with PM @borisjohnson in Greenwich today as he outlined his vision for the UK’s future trading relationships, including with the U.S.
“I’m positive about the huge benefits and opportunities a trade deal will bring to both of our countries!”