PM Johnson says most important trade deal is with the EU

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

Anti-Brexit campaigners - including more than 70 MPs and peers - filed a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to attempt to stop Mr Johnson from being able to prorogue Parliament.

The court will hear arguments in the case in September.

MPs will return from their summer break on Tuesday September 3, and Labour could call a confidence vote in the Government any day that week.

An opportunity to start the process could come within five days of 4 September, by which point MPs have to debate a report on restoring devolution in Northern Ireland.

But members of Parliament who oppose a no-deal Brexit are plotting ways to frustrate him, and that means Johnson's standoff with the European Union is likely to continue until Parliament returns in September as the bloc waits to see if they can tie the government's hands, according to the person, who asked not to be named discussing the administration's thinking.

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

Bolton said after meeting Johnson on Monday that "it might be possible to reach a bilateral agreement very quickly, very straightforwardly" in some areas of trade after Brexit.

Trump wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union that Washington will support with a US-UK free trade agreement, national security adviser John Bolton told British officials on Monday.

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Mr Bolton is the most senior member of the USA administration to visit the United Kingdom since Mr Johnson took over at Number 10.

"We are fully prepared even though some in Britain say we are not well set up for a "no deal".

He also expressed his confidence that United Kingdom can do a "great" trade deal with the USA as soon as it leaves the bloc.

"Most people are trying to avoid having trade deals with the USA because they think they'd be disadvantageous", he said.

"In order to expedite things and enhance the possibility for increasing the trade and investments between the two countries, doing it in a sector-by-sector approach or some other approach that the trade negotiators might agree with, we are open to that".

"And, having done that, I made my own decision to compromise on that basis and to go ahead and then Prime Minister Boris Johnson put his cabinet together".

"If that's the decision of the British government we will support it enthusiastically, and that's what I'm trying to convey".

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