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Nigel Farage Working on 'Resetting the US-UK Relationship' With Trump

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Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 07:00 PM

Nigel Farage, the British politician dubbed Mr. Brexit for helping lead the campaign for his country's exit from the European Union, is reportedly pushing his case for a bilateral trade deal to President-elect Donald Trump.

"I am unashamedly promoting the idea of completely resetting the U.S.-U.K. relationship," Farage said in a Bloomberg Politics interview posted Thursday. "It would be a great thing to do in terms of trade."

"I'm trying to make the case that a big, positive signal from a Trump administration that says they want a bilateral trade deal with the United Kingdom, that comes relatively early, would really be very good news," he added.

The Trump transition is receptive to the idea — and Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is already supportive.

"His ideas will always be listened to seriously in a Trump White House,"
Stephen Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, told Bloomberg.

And in a statement to The Hill, Paul's spokesman Sergio Gor added: "Senator Rand Paul looks forward to supporting a robust post-EU trade deal with the United Kingdom. Nigel Farage will be an essential part in implementing a new treaty."

Trump has previously linked his presidential campaign to the populism behind the Brexit vote last summer

The former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party argues a bilateral trade deal would limit the power of multi-national blocs like the EU.

"It says to a bigger, wider world that 'bloc-ism' is over, and flexible bilateralism is the way forward," he said.

"A positive message coming from Trump will strengthen our hand with Europe, because what you'll start to hear are German car manufacturers and French Champagne producers saying to their governments and the EU, 'Stop being so ridiculous about the United Kingdom. Get on with this [disunion], because otherwise they're going to find a whole big new world out there,'" he added. "Good, good, and good.”

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