'US ready to do UK trade deal' - Ryan
The United States is ready to strike a free trade deal with Britain as soon as possible, the Speaker of the House of Representatives said.
Paul Ryan, a senior member of Donald Trump's Republican party, told a central London audience that US lawmakers are committed to working with the president towards a bilateral agreement with the UK. His clear signal provides a significant boost for Theresa May as EU leaders take the first steps towards agreeing a negotiating position for forthcoming Brexit talks.
In a speech for the Policy Exchange think-tank, Mr Ryan said: "Now that Article 50 has been invoked, the UK and the EU will determine the best path forward over the course of these negotiations.
"We want the parties to come together and strike a lasting agreement, a strong UK-EU relationship is in all of our best interests.
"In that same vein, the United States will work closely with our EU friends and chart a path forward on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations.
"At the same time we are committed to working with President Trump and your government to achieve a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Britain."