& # 39; I will pave the way for a trade agreement following the Brexit with the US & # 39 ;: Dominic Raab will fly to Washington within a few weeks to intensify negotiations and says: & # 39; Brussels is not the only game in the city & # 39;
- The Foreign Minister said he was satisfied with the & # 39; warmth & # 39; Trump has shown the UK
- He said it is Brussels' fault if Britain leaves the EU without a deal
- Boris Johnson has already spoken on the phone with US President Donald Trump
The new Foreign Minister has warned the EU that Britain will intensify trade negotiations with the US and others before the October deadline.
Dominic Raab said he will fly to Washington in the coming weeks to pave the way for a trade agreement with President Trump.
In an interview with the Times, he said: & We want a strong relationship with our European friends and partners … but we also want to broaden our horizons.
& # 39; Brussels is not the only game in the city. & # 39;
Dominic Raab, pictured as he leaves Downing Street after being appointed as Foreign Minister, has warned Brussels that he will be blamed if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal
Raab said: & # 39; Brussels is not the only game in the city. & # 39; He said Britain would sign a trade agreement with US President Donald Trump, pictured here at the Oval Office
Conversations with rival trading partners violate the & # 39; principle of loyal cooperation & # 39; that is supposed to bind those countries in negotiations with the bloc.
Raab, who is also Mr Johnson's deputy, said it would be the EU's choice & # 39; if we left under WTO conditions & # 39; on October 31.
& # 39; We make it clear that a deal must be made, but the EU must move, & # 39; he said.
He added: & # 39; It would be completely unrealistic – an ivory tower perspective – to think that after a deal that failed at least three times in the Commons, it accelerated the resignation of the prime minister and the leadership match, which is based on this issue, that we are somehow going to put all this aside and going back to the previous deal. & # 39;
When asked if the abolition of the Irish backstop is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a new deal, he said: & # 39; I think that's right. & # 39;
Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson (shown in Birmingham) spoke to Donald Trump, who congratulated him on his new role
He said the backstop is the most obvious error in the deal … but there are other problems. What I am not going to do at this particularly sensitive moment is all the conversations we are going to have about this in the public domain & # 39 ;.
Mr. Raab also said that the previous government had spent too long saying it would extend, resulting in & # 39; telegraphing weakness and the wrong signals to Brussels & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; And I think they should have a very clear signal to all major players in the cabinet that we are taking this seriously. But I also said in the same breath that we did not think it was necessary, likely or desirable. & # 39;
Raab, who is also Mr Johnson's deputy, said it would be the EU's choice & # 39; if we left under WTO conditions & # 39; on October 31
He said he had talked to Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State during his first two days in the job.
He said: & I explained how happy we were that a US government, including the president, spoke so cordially about this country.
& # 39; We have a president who has talked about this country with the warmth we have not heard for a long time.
& # 39; Now people will have their opinion and it is quite right that experts and politicians in domestic politics can (freely) give their opinion about every leader.
& # 39; But I am very happy that an American president is talking about this country with such warmth. & # 39;
Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Donald Trump, who congratulated him on his new role.
The pair said the Brexit an & # 39; unparalleled opportunity & # 39; to strengthen the economic ties between the two countries.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: & # 39; They discussed the important relationship between our countries and the President's successful state visit to the UK last month.
& # 39; They agreed that Brexit offers an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the economic partnership between the UK and the United States.
& # 39; The leaders both expressed their commitment to an ambitious free trade agreement and to start negotiations as soon as possible after the UK's departure from the EU.
& # 39; The Prime Minister and President also discussed current tensions with Iran and the need to work together and with partners on their destabilizing behavior in the Gulf. & # 39; They ended the call by saying they were looking forward to seeing each other next month at the G7 summit in Biarritz.
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