British foreign minister Boris Johnson arrives in US to meet Trump advisers

January 8, 2017 10:30 pm

Britain’s Foreign Secretary signs a book of condolence for victims of the Berlin truck attack, at the German embassy in London on December 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

British foreign minister Boris Johnson has arrived in to meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers.
The top diplomat’s Sunday visit came as the country was facing complicated negotiations over a decision to exit the European Union based on the outcome of a referendum, held last June.
The government of Prime Minister Theresa May, tasked with carrying out the Brexit process, has already sent officials to meet with the Trump team.
“Following the successful meeting last month between the Prime Minister’s chiefs of staff and President-elect Donald Trump’s team, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is undertaking a short visit to the U.S. for meetings with close advisers to the president-elect and senior Congressional leaders,” a spokesman for Britain’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
It added that, “The discussions will be focused on UK-U.S. relations and other matters.”
Trump shocked British authorities lately by recommending anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage as the British ambassador to the , an unconventional offer dismissed by Johnson.
Earlier on Sunday, the British premier told Sky that she remained confident that the two countries would maintain their “special relationship.”
“The question is what is the right relationship for the UK to have with the European Union when we are outside. We will be able to have control of our borders, control of our laws,” May said. “This is what people were voting for on June 23.”
On June 23, 2015, some 52 percent (17.4 millions) of British people voted in a referendum to leave the EU after 43 years of membership, while roughly 48 percent (16.14 millions) of people voted to stay in the union.
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