British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson meets with senior Republican Congressional leaders in Washington during his trip to the U.S. where he is meeting close advisers to President-elect Donald Trump to discuss ties between the countries. Sarah Charlton reports.
Brexit won't put the brakes on a U.S.-UK trade deal, according to a top Republican. Instead, Britain will take a "front seat" under the incoming Trump administration. UK foreign minister Boris Johnson met with senior Republican Congressional leaders in Washington this week. Labelling it on Twitter "a great visit". And no wonder: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker first commenting on Johnson's popularity. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SENATOR BOB CORKER, REPUBLICAN FROM TENNESSEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, SAYING: "You're a major hit in the United States." Before talking up the trade deal, with a very different rhetoric from President Barack Obama. He had said Britain would be at the "back of the queue" if it voted in favour of Brexit. Now, the BBC reporting that Corker said "there is no way the United Kingdom is going to take a back seat." That, appearing to quash concerns about the impact of Brexit on both sides of the Atlantic. A relief for Brexit campaigner Johnson. In high spirits laughing and joking with U.S House Speaker Paul Ryan (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER, PAUL RYAN, SAYING: "Right next to my Green Bay Packer bobblehead'" UK FOREIGN MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON SAYING: "That's very good, I understand they did well?" RYAN: "We won last year." JOHNSON: "Not that I have the faintest idea what that means." Johnson was quoted by the Guardian newspaper saying "it's going to be a very exciting year for both our countries."