The US ambassador, 72, has hailed 2020 as an “incredible” year and has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump to “embrace” the post-Brexit opportunities. Mr Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, has predicted a trade deal between the UK and the US has the potential to be sent “into the stratosphere”. The Trump ally, also urged the UK and the US to be braced for the “roaring 20s” as the two nations’’special relationship’ enters into another decade.
He wrote on Twitter: “2020 promises to be an incredible year for the #SpecialRelationship.
“Let’s embrace the opportunity to take US & UK trade into the stratosphere!”
The post was accompanied by a photo which read: “Get ready for the roaring 20s.”
The US Ambassador, who was appointed by Mr Trump, last week told the Sunday Express, a trade deal provides an “amazing opportunity” for the US and praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He said: “I’m very optimistic. I’m an American but, even by my standards, this is really an amazing opportunity for this country.
“You have a clear direction, you have really good leadership fired up to get something done.
“So yes, a Roaring Twenties, absolutely.”
The US President has constantly championed the prospect of a “very substantial” trade deal between the UK and US.
In July, Mr Trump insisted a trade deal could lead to a “three to four, five times” increase in current trade.
Britain can finally begin trade talks with the US next month providing Westminster passes all the necessary legislation for the Withdrawal Agreement.
Before Christmas the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill sailed through the House of Commons by 358 votes to 234 – a majority of 124.
Once the legislation is passed Britain will enter a transition period where they will be free to negotiate with the US.
Ms Von der Leyen called on the UK to reconsider the timetable in the middle of next year with a view to extending the transition period.
She told French daily Les Echos: “It would be reasonable to evaluate the situation mid-year and then, if necessary, agree on extending the transition period.”
In separate comments to German magazine Der Spiegel, Ms von der Leyen said the Prime Minister’s hard December 31, 2020, deadline is worrying.
She said: “That worries me a lot, because time is extremely short for the mass of issues that have to be negotiated.”