Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK PM Johnson discusses Brexit in call with U.S. President Trump

UK PM Johnson discusses Brexit in call with U.S. President Trump

"We wish we could have moved further along in this with the prior government" Bolton said of a potential trade deal. A final decision has yet to be taken by the British government.

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on October 31, its biggest geopolitical shift since the Second World War, many diplomats expect London to become increasingly reliant on the United States.

Speaking after talks with Boris Johnson at Downing Street today, John Bolton laid out the White House's vision for a closer trans-Atlantic relationship after Brexit.

Mr Johnson is expected to have his first face-to-face meeting as prime minister with Mr Trump later this month at the G7 summit in France.

He said it is "hard to imagine" people in the United Kingdom did not know "what was at stake" when they voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

A central point Bolton was making is that the U.S. will help cushion Britain's exit from the European Union with a free trade agreement, Reuters said.

Bolton said Britain and the United States could agree trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving more hard areas in the trading relationship until later.

"That would then lock that in and when the other areas that might be more hard were concluded later, you could combine it in one overall agreement".

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Earlier a senior Trump administration official told travelling reporters the president had wanted to work with the May government on a trade deal but her government "didn't want do it". Since day one we have been pressing Government for clarity as regards future border crossing procedures and we have conveyed our concerns about the future to Monsieur Puissesseau on many occasions.

U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton, meets with journalists during a visit to London, Britain August 12, 2019.

Mr Bolton said U.S. trade negotiators think this is acceptable under World Trade Organisation rules.

A legal challenge to prevent Boris Johnson forcing through a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament has been allowed to proceed by the Scottish courts.

MPs are said to believe the Fixed-Term Parliament Act, which dictates what happens if a prime minister loses the confidence of MPs, gives them an opportunity to mobilise against no deal.

The Defra note reads: "While our public position on this wider issue is already clear and widely communicated, in that post-Brexit we will be an independent coastal state with control of our waters, both policy and MoD [Ministry of Defence] have indicated we are not on an overly strong footing to get ahead of the potential claims that could arise from this story [on a lack of preparedness for Brexit]".

But the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran last month has put pressure on London to consider a more robust stance.

Britain last week made a decision to join forces with the USA to protect merchant vessels in the Gulf.

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