‘Be aggressive’: British ministers should respond more forcefully to Brexit opportunities, says US presidency contender Ron DeSantis
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he was a “strong supporter” of Brexit
- But he urged ministers to be “more aggressive” in exploiting the benefits
Ministers should be “more aggressive” in exploiting the benefits of Brexit, a leading candidate for the US presidency said last night.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis revealed that he is “strongly in favor” of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
DeSantis is seen as Donald Trump’s main rival in the race for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential election.
In an interview with The Times, he urged ministers to do more to take advantage of the new freedoms offered by the UK’s new Brexit freedoms.
“My impression, based on what we’re getting here, is that the Conservative Party hasn’t been as aggressive in fulfilling that vision as they should have been and they may be penalized in the next election as a result.” he said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured) revealed he is ‘strongly in favor’ of Britain’s decision to leave the EU
DeSantis is seen as Donald Trump’s main rival in the race for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential election
“I think there’s been, you know, some disappointment as far as I can tell it hasn’t been done more aggressively.”
Trump was also very supportive of the decision to vote Leave, even describing himself as ‘Mr Brexit’.
Mr DeSantis’ comments will fuel hopes that a Republican victory next year could revive prospects for a UK-US trade deal.
The idea was seen as one of Brexit’s top economic prizes, but has stalled since President Trump’s departure, with British prime ministers grudgingly accepting that Joe Biden, who opposed Brexit, has no interest in closing of a trade agreement. Ministers have instead focused on making smaller deals with individual US states.