1. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walking into room UPSOUND (English) Johnson: "Vice President, have a seat. Thank you so much. Well it's fantastic to welcome you to No. 10 Mr Vice President, great to have you here. I had an absolutely wonderful time at the G7 and with President Trump talking about all the things that we were trying to do together, free trade, all that. And hope very much to take that forward today in our discussions.
Pence: Well Mr Prime Minister thank you for such a warm welcome.
Johnson: Absolutely, great to see you again.
Pence: I know it's a very busy time here in the United Kingdom.
Johnson: Always busy.
Pence: I'm grateful for your hospitality. I spoke to President Trump this morning, your friend and he asked me to send you his very best greetings and to assure you that the United States supports the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, but he also wanted me to convey that the United States is ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.
Pence: The President often says that the United States has the biggest economy in the world and we truly believe that a free trade agreement between the United States and the UK could increase trade between our countries by three or four times. We're anxious to do that. We're anxious to stand with you and to do everything in our power to strengthen what has been a historic and special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. And it is embodied in the very warm and personal relationship that you have forged with President Trump, with myself and with our administration and I'm truly honoured to be here.
Johnson: Fantastic to have you here and we will drive that free trade agreement forward of course. The U.S. economy is a, is a wonderful, massive opportunity for the UK farmers but it is still the case that you know, the United States of America, the people of the United States of America do not eat any British lamb or beef or haggis from Scotland. I think there are still barriers to trade in shower trays, would you believe it, from the UK. So, and many other products where we think we could free up the U.S. market. I know that you guys are pretty tough negotiators. So. So we're going to work very hard to make sure that that free trade deal is one that works for all sides.
Pence: Well he (Trump) told me this morning, he said, he said, you tell my friend Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that we're ready to go to work on that free trade agreement, just as soon as you're ready. And again to make it clear to you that the United States supports the UK's decision to leave the EU and we're ready to build this economic relationship immediately.
Johnson: Fantastic and of course we won't be, ah, and we will be, make sure that we do everything to increase free trade but the National Health Service, is always worth saying for the benefit of the UK media here, the National Health Service is not on the table as far as negotiations go. And nor, we're not too keen on that chlorinated chicken either. We have a, we have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own here on the opposition benches. Anyway, I'm being asked to shut up. Thank you all very much for coming along today.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence strolled into the Brexit fury as he met with embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Wrapping up a week in Europe, Pence thanked Johnson for the welcome "at a very busy time here in the United Kingdom."
Johnson downplayed the Brexit drama, saying it's "always busy."
Pence delivered greetings from President Donald Trump and said Trump has asked him to assure Johnson that the U.S. "supports the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union" and "is ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK"
Johnson replied that was "fantastic."
He expressed hope for the removal of trade barriers on British products including lamb, beef and haggis, a Scottish delicacy made with the stomachs of sheep.
Johnson has been pushing for an early election as a way to break Britain's Brexit impasse, as lawmakers try to stop the UK from leaving the European Union next month without an exit deal in place.