The US ambassador to the UK put pressure on the European Union after saying that trade negotiations between London and Washington would start immediately in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Woody Johnson said that if Britain crashed out of the EU on October 31st without an agreement, this would not prevent the US from starting formal talks with the UK.
Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson said he believed Donald Trump and Boris Johnson to be a & # 39; sensational & # 39; relationship.
His comments came in the midst of increasing fear in the EU for a Brexit & # 39; Cold War & # 39; after the new prime minister lifted his rhetoric and the & # 39; abolition & # 39; from the Irish border stop for each divorce agreement.
Brussels reacted furiously and said the demands of the new prime minister & # 39; unacceptable & # 39; were because the chance of a bad breakthrough on Halloween increased.
The EU is now considering the possibility that Britain will not bow to pressure and that a No Deal Brexit can create a gap in the style of an iron curtain between the block and Great Britain.
EU diplomats fear that Mr. Trump is likely to take the UK side and possibly cause bitter economic and security problems for years.
Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, said today that he believes Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are a & # 39; sensational & # 39; relationship
Mr Johnson's comments provide an important incentive for his namesake, the new prime minister (pictured on Wednesday when he took office), suggesting that the US will help the UK pick up the documents in the event of a No Deal split
The American ambassador said this morning that the White House would not have to know what the future conditions would be for the UK to trade with the EU to embark on a cross-Atlantic agreement – an important deal without a deal for the new prime minister.
& # 39; I think you should take what you have, & # 39; said Johnson.
& # 39; No, I don't think that's absolutely necessary. I think if you have a No Deal Brexit, you can still enter into trade agreements with other countries. & # 39;
When asked if a No Deal split would help the US and Great Britain to conclude a free trade agreement, Johnson told the BBC: & That I would leave the expert trade negotiators.
& # 39; But I would think that when you can start negotiating, you start negotiating and that you will conclude many bilateral trade agreements here and maybe even multilaterally.
& # 39; You will have to deal with the situation as it exists. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson was asked what kind of relationship he had in mind between Mr. Trump and the new prime minister and he replied: & # 39; I think it will be sensational. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; The UK is our most important ally in terms of both security and prosperity.
& # 39; So you are very important and he knows that and he has made some comments about a free trade agreement and putting the UK first.
& # 39; He has made this comment many, many times. When he was here a month ago, he even talked about the free trade agreement and how it would benefit both countries. & # 39;
Brexiteers believe that a US trade agreement would bring enormous economic benefits to the UK and have praised it as one of the big prizes to leave the EU.
But critics believe that a deal does not come close to replicating the existing benefits of the current EU membership of the UK and there are also major concerns about the price of such an agreement.
Trump, pictured yesterday at the White House, has repeatedly said he wants the US and the UK to conclude a free trade agreement
Some believe that Washington could require the UK to lower its animal welfare standards to allow imports of chlorine-washed chicken or allow US healthcare providers to share with the NHS.
Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the American House of Representatives and the oldest elected democrat, warned that no trade agreement would be concluded by Congress if Brexit violated the Good Friday agreement.
They told the Irish Times: & # 39; In our discussions with senior members of the Conservative Party earlier this year, we made it clear that there should be no return to a hard border on the island. That position has not changed.
& # 39; Any trade agreement between the US and Great Britain must be aware of this. & # 39;
According to The Times, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told friends that she believes No Deal can create a gap in the style of an iron curtain between the EU and the UK.
There is concern that the Brexit debt game could quickly escalate if the UK leaves without a deal and refuses to pay the £ 39 billion divorce bill – something the new prime minister has pointed out.
France was previously determined that economic chaos due to crashing would force the UK back to the table within a few weeks.
But that wisdom begins to be questioned after Mr. Johnson's bullish start for his premiership.
What is the Irish backstop and why is it so divided?
The so-called Irish border stop is one of the most controversial elements of the existing Brexit deal. This is what it means:
What is the backstop?
The backstop was invented to deliver on promises to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open, even if there is no comprehensive trade agreement between the UK and the EU.
The divorce agreement states that it will start automatically at the end of the transitional period of the Brexit if that agreement is not concluded.
It effectively keeps the UK in a customs union with the EU and Northern Ireland in both the customs union and the internal market.
This means that many EU laws continue to impose the UK, limiting its ability to enter into its own trade agreements. It also means legal controls of some goods crossing the Irish Sea.
Why did Ireland and the EU demand this?
As the UK left the customs union and the internal market, the EU said it needed guarantees that people and goods circulating within its border – in this case in Ireland – complied with its rules.
This is covered by the Brexit transition, which effectively maintains the status quo, and can in theory be done in the extended trade agreement between the EU and the UK.
But the EU said there had to be a backstop to cover what happens in every gap between the transition and the final deal.
Why do critics hate it?
Because Britain cannot decide when to leave the backstop.
Getting out – even if there is a trade agreement – can only happen if both parties agree and Brexiteers fear that the EU will unreasonably demand that the backstop continue to exist, so that EU legislation will continue to apply in Northern Ireland.
MPs from Northern Ireland also hate the legal border in the Irish Sea and insist that the UK be unreasonably divided.
Diplomats fear that Mr Trump will invade on the side of the United Kingdom, possibly leading to a protectionist trade war that got out of hand.
Johnson put the glove to Brussels on the first full day of his time yesterday because he said he would not reach an agreement with the EU on the backstop.
He told MPs: & # 39; A time limit is not enough. If an agreement is to be reached, it must be clearly understood that the path to the deal is through the abolition of the backstop. & # 39;
Michel Barnier, the EU's most important Brexit negotiator, described the requirements as & # 39; unacceptable & # 39; while Jean-Claude Juncker said to Johnson during a phone call yesterday afternoon that the current deal was the best and only available.
The backstop was included in the original Brexit deal as a last resort to use in the event that no general trade deal was concluded by both parties at the end of the transition period.
It would effectively enforce existing EU customs rules to ensure that frictionless trade on the island can continue and prevent the return of a hard border.
But Brexiteers hate it because, if implemented, it would last indefinitely, limit the UK's ability to close its own trade deal, and to get out of it would require the consent of both parties.
The US ambassador also insisted that Trump was unlikely to harbor resentment about Mr. Johnson's earlier criticism of the president.
In 2015, then London mayor accused Mr. Trump of & # 39; staggering ignorance & # 39; and & # 39; unsuitable & # 39; to be in favor of the White House when the then presidential candidate called for a ban on Muslims from entering the US.
The American ambassador said today: & Donald Trump is going to say what he wants to say when he wants to say it.
& # 39; And he will comment on injustice or disability or how he sees it and I think he respects Boris for the same. Boris is going to call it the way he sees it.
& # 39; I think they have so much more in common with regard to what they want to achieve for the benefit of both of our nations. & # 39;
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