US vows to stand by the UK in a no-deal Brexit scenario

Trump's administration pledges to provide the UK with free trade deal and political solidarity after 31 October

Photo: Twitter US National Security Advisor John Bolton (L) with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Washington would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a visit to London. He also assured that the UK is “first in line” for signing a trade deal with the US in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

Following a meeting with British PM Boris Johnson on Monday, Bolton outlined the prospect of such free trade deal, that would help cushion Britain's exit from the bloc. Negotiated by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his British counterpart, Liz Truss, the deal would represent a sector-by-sector bilateral agreement, starting with manufacturing. Bolton insisted that the ultimate aim was a comprehensive trade deal, but since financial services could be one of the more difficult industries to reach an agreement on, for now only deals on a sector-by-sector basis are on the table. 

While in London, Bolton reassured Britain over UK-US ties also in a political aspect. He pledged political solidarity to the UK as it heads towards a crush out scenario on 31 October.

“The main purpose of this visit, really, is to convey President Trump’s desire to see a successful exit from the EU for the UK on 31 October,” Bolton told the press.

Underscoring US solidarity with the Boris Johnson government, Bolton also went on to criticize the EU for treating voters “like peasants.”

“The fashion in the European Union: When the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, it’s to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right,” he said.

In the meantime, British PM Boris Johnson spoke to Trump on Monday as well, discussing Brexit, trade and economic issues, his office announced.

“They discussed global economic issues and trade, and the prime minister updated the president on Brexit,” Downing Street said.

“The president expressed his appreciation for the United Kingdom’s steadfast partnership in addressing global challenges and looks forward to meeting with him (Johnson) personally in the near future,” the White House stated, too.

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