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UK will thrive after Brexit because we’ve been successful for 1,000 years, new US ambassador predicts

AMERICA’S new ambassador to Britain today backed Britain to make a success of Brexit – because of our plucky history.

Woody Johnson, a close friend of Donald Trump, pointed out that Brits have been thriving in adversity “for 1,000 years”.

 Woody Johnson backs Britain to succeed after BrexitBBC Woody Johnson backs Britain to succeed after Brexit

And he encouraged the UK to cling to a “vision” of the future which will lead the country become more influential globally.

Mr Johnson, who owns the New York Jets NFL team, was appointed US ambassador by the President earlier this year.

Last week he was officially presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The tycoon-turned-diplomat told BBC News today he is optimistic about the future of the UK after Brexit.

 Mr Johnson was appointed as US ambassador to London by Donald Trump this yearEPA Mr Johnson was appointed as US ambassador to London by Donald Trump this year

Mr Johnson said: “You have to rely on the ingenuity of the British people to solve this and they’ve been doing it for 1,000 years, so I think the prospects are very very positive.”

Asked if Britain would be able to gain influence around the world after leaving the EU, he replied: “I think it’s possible and I think it’s probable, I would go that far.

“But that’s all in the way the people embrace this, and what vision they have of themselves.”

Mr Johnson also said he wanted to strike a trade deal between the UK and the US “the sooner the better”.

Although the ambassador refused to predict how long it will take, he said: “If you have willing partners, you can probably do it really fast.”

Mr Trump has been a staunch supporter of Brexit and has vowed to cut a free-trade deal after we quit the EU.

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