Donald Trump said he has been waiting for Boris Johnson for six years to become prime minister, because the US president insisted he would not dominate the UK & # 39; in a trade agreement after the Brexit.
Mr. Trump, speaking when the G7 summit in Biarritz came to an end this afternoon, once again praised Mr. Johnson, whom he described as & # 39; very smart & # 39; and & # 39; very strong & # 39 ;.
But he also expressed a warning about whether the new prime minister can reach a Brexit deal with the EU, because he said that negotiating with Brussels is very difficult & # 39; is.
Mr. Trump also turned to Theresa May because he suggested that her decision to reject his Brexit advice eventually resulted in her being driven from Downing Street.
Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson, who spoke to the media immediately after Mr. Trump, said he agreed that the EU & # 39; hard & # 39; are negotiators, but added: & # 39; That doesn't mean we won't close a deal.
& # 39; It will be difficult. There is a considerable difference of opinion, but my job is to defend our cause. & # 39;
Donald Trump, portrayed as he spoke to the media this afternoon at the end of the G7 Biarritz summit, was full of praise for Boris Johnson
The American president said that Mr. Johnson & # 39; very smart & # 39; is because he predicted that his counterpart would be a & # 39; great prime minister & # 39; would be. He also praised the EU as & # 39; very tough & # 39; negotiators.
Johnson followed Mr. Trump in the speech this afternoon after the play in Biarritz after a turbulent three days in the French coastal town
Mr. Trump and Mr. Johnson met for the first time yesterday since the last PM and the US President predicted that the White House and Downing Street would soon be a & # 39; very large & # 39; trade agreement & # 39; after Brexit will be able to conclude & # 39 ;.
The American president said today about their relationship: "We love each other. We had two and a half days.
& # 39; I have been waiting for him & # 39; n for six years as prime minister. I told him "why did it take so long?"
& # 39; I think he will be a great prime minister and especially after spending a lot of intense time with him in recent days, he is very smart, he is very strong and he is very enthusiastic. & # 39;
When asked if he intended to take over the UK & # 39; & # 39; in a post-Brexit trade deal, Mr. Trump replied: "No, no, no. I love the UK. I own great properties in the UK. I love the UK. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I think this is the right time for Boris. It is the right time for Boris. & # 39;
However, he stressed how difficult it might be for Mr. Johnson to get an updated Brexit deal from the EU, as he said: & The European Union is very difficult to close deals. Just ask Theresa May. & # 39;
Regarding Mrs. May's decision to reject his advice on the Brexit, he said: & # 39; She chose to do it her way, and that didn't work out well. & # 39;
Mr Trump's comments came after Brussels threatened to refuse to start trade negotiations with the UK if it did not fully pay the £ 39 billion Brexit divorce bill.
Johnson suggested yesterday that he would keep most of the money if Britain crashed out of the block without agreement.
Today he returned to that position because he said that & # 39; very significant amounts of the £ 39 billion we can spend on our priorities will be available & # 39 ;.
But Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit coordinator of the European Parliament, hit back today and said: & # 39; If the UK does not pay what is due, the EU will not conclude a trade agreement.
Johnson said he agreed with Mr. Trump that the EU & # 39; difficult & # 39; is to negotiate with, but he added: & # 39; That doesn't mean we don't make a deal & # 39 ;.
However, Johnson has also admitted that delivering an updated Brexit deal & # 39; will be difficult & # 39; because & # 39; there is a significant disagreement & # 39; between the two parties
& # 39; After a & # 39; No Deal & # 39; this is a first condition for any calls. Britain is better than this. & # 39;
Johnson told reporters this afternoon that his plan remained to try to persuade the EU to remove the controversial Irish backlog from the existing withdrawal agreement.
However, he did not provide specific details about what the UK would propose instead of the border protocol.
At the end of the third and final day of the G7 he said: & # 39; We are going to have some discussions with our friends, but as we have made clear for many, many weeks, the so-called backstop must come out. & # 39;
It turned out today that government lawyers have a & # 39; range of scenarios & # 39; s & # 39; had prepared for the payment of the divorce settlement in a £ 7 billion No Deal scenario, which was the best case for the UK, while the worst suggested that the full £ 39 billion should be paid.
Johnson raised the issue of the divorce letter in television interviews just before meeting Donald Tusk yesterday for G7 confrontation talks, but allegedly failed to raise it at the meeting.
Meanwhile, EU officials said the & # 39; ball is really square and sturdy in the British court & # 39; as a No Deal split should be avoided after Mr. Johnson suggested that what happens on October 31 depends on our EU friends and partners & # 39 ;.
Johnson insisted on the second day of the French coastal city summit that the UK & # 39; No Deal easily & # 39; because he rejected concerns about possible food shortages.
He also said it touch & go & # 39; was whether a deal would be concluded because he claimed that the chances of a new agreement with the EU improve & # 39 ;.
Johnson, pictured this morning on the last day of the G7 summit in Biarritz, has been criticized by EU figures after he said that the UK would not pay the £ 39 billion Brexit bill in full if a No Deal split
The Prime Minister seemed to experience his first trip to the world since he won the keys to Downing Street in July. He is pictured today for a meeting with Shinzo Abe.
Johnson sat down with the Japanese Prime Minister this afternoon when the G7 summit in Biarritz began to relax
Guy Verhofstadt, pictured in Brussels on June 20, said that not paying the bill in full would lead the EU to refuse to start trade negotiations with the UK
Mr. Verhofstadt said he believed that & # 39; Great Britain is better & # 39; then Mr. Johnson's suggestion that the £ 39 billion would not be paid in full
The Prime Minister, pictured this morning with a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sisi, was accused by Brussels of not presenting any new Brexit ideas when he met Donald Tusk yesterday
It was an eventful three days for Mr. Johnson, pictured today as he walked through the Bellevue Hotel in Biarritz, who had to run the diplomatic cord between rows of trade policies between EU leaders and Donald Trump
Sources said yesterday that the UK could only pay £ 7 billion from the Brexit divorce bill in the event of a No Deal departure on the Halloween deadline.
But today it was claimed that £ 7 billion is actually the best scenario worked out by government lawyers.
The worst-case scenario involves the EU chasing the UK through the courts for the money, with all the money eventually having to be handed over after what would probably be a lengthy legal battle.
Justin Welby & # 39; talking to stop No Deal & # 39;
The Archbishop of Canterbury has reportedly been asked to attend a series of public meetings of the & # 39; citizen meeting & # 39; chairing an attempt to stop a No Deal Brexit.
The Times reported that Justin Welby is talking to a cross-party group of MPs about involvement in the meetings that could be held next month.
At the meetings, citizens should make recommendations to be made to the government to break the current impasse with the EU and bring the divided UK back together.
A source told The Times: & # 39; The figure of £ 7 billion is the best case.
& # 39; There are a number of other scenarios where it is much higher, including paying everything. & # 39;
Johnson said yesterday: & # 39; If we come out without an agreement, it is certainly true that the £ 39 billion is, strictly speaking, no longer due.
& # 39; Very substantial amounts will be available for our country to spend on our priorities. It is not a threat, it is a simple fact. & # 39;
Brexiteers are adamant that if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, Britain would not have to pay the divorce law.
But Brussels is equally determined that all the money must be handed over, regardless of the conditions for the UK's departure.
The chance of a new Brexit deal being agreed seemed to increase last week after Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel had proposed a plan to give the UK 30 days to come up with alternatives to the Irish border stop.
But Mr. Johnson's meeting with Mr. Tusk seemed to illustrate how far the two parties are apart.
An EU official told the Financial Times: “The ball is really square and sturdy in the UK court.
& # 39; They have told the press that they have new ideas and eventually they will come up. But they didn't come today.
& # 39; The brutal fact is that there is nothing. Alternative arrangements have always been part of the agreement – but we still don't know what they look like. & # 39;
Johnson, pictured while attending a working lunch today, flies back to the UK tonight
Johnson promised at the start of the summit that world leaders & # 39; would work fully & # 39; during their stay in the southwest of France. He is portrayed during an extensive work session on climate, biodiversity and oceans this morning.
Johnson and Mr Tusk met yesterday during lunch for the Brexit talks about the crisis. The couple agreed to meet again at the General Assembly of the United Nations next month.
Johnson has promised to remove Britain from the EU with or without a deal on October 31 and yesterday insisted that the UK & # 39; No deal be easy & # 39; can handle.
& # 39; What I can tell people, and as I said on Downing Street stairs a few weeks ago, I think we can get through this & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; This is a great, great country in the UK, we can easily handle a No Deal scenario.
& # 39; And I know that people want that. & # 39;
The prime minister also said that he believed that the & # 39; highly unlikely & # 39; would be that there are food shortages & # 39; of any kind & # 39; after a chaotic split from Brussels.
Johnson spent his third and final day in France to improve trade relations with the leaders of Japan, Australia and Egypt.
The Prime Minister also spoke about the Hong Kong crisis in his meeting with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
At their meeting in Biarritz, Mr. Johnson and the Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe pledged after Brexit an & # 39; ambitious free trade agreement & # 39; building on the existing agreement with the EU.
Johnson had started Saturday at the Biarritz summit with a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the couple sat side by side today while attending a working lunch
The British Prime Minister had made it clear to Mr Trudeau on Saturday that he believed the UK and Canada & # 39; side by side & # 39; with every major global problem
Johnson, who introduced greeting people as he walked along the coast in Biarritz today, faces a few difficult weeks when he returns to London tonight with other MPs ready to try and stop a No Deal Brexit
Boris Johnson sparks pork tail row
Downing Street defended Boris Johnson after becoming embroiled in a bizarre row of meat pies.
The prime minister claimed that the meat products made in the UK were sold in Thailand and Iceland, but experts said this morning that this was simply not the case.
British officials then jumped in on Mr. Johnson's defense and insisted that they were aware of at least one company that had exported the product to those two countries.
But that company, Walker and Son, then reportedly & # 39; fully focused on the UK market & # 39 ;.
The Prime Minister had used Melton Mowbray meat pies as an example of how the US would have to reduce bureaucracy if a broad transatlantic post-Brexit trade agreement was to come.
He said the products were currently & # 39; not able to enter the US market & # 39; due to food restrictions, but they were sold in Thailand and Iceland.
Matthew O & # 39; Callaghan, the chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said this morning: & # 39; We are not really exporting to Thailand or Iceland. & # 39;
In his meeting with Mr. Morrison & # 39; the leaders discussed their enthusiasm for an improved and deep trade relationship as soon as the UK left the EU & # 39 ;, said number 10.
Mr. Morrison also congratulated Mr. Johnson on winning the Ashes test competition in England.
A spokeswoman for Downing Street added: “The two leaders were concerned about the current situation in Hong Kong and agreed that it was of the utmost importance for all parties to remain calm and peaceful and the high degree of of Hong Kong's independence, as guaranteed by the legally binding joint statement. & # 39;
During the weekend there were more violent clashes during anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Mr. Johnson's meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi focused on their shared desire to strengthen economic, trade and security cooperation, said Downing Street.
The Prime Minister also met the outgoing Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday.
In the main activity on the agenda, leaders of the G7 countries considered measures to protect the environment, although Mr Trump's chairman was remarkably empty at the start of the session.
The US president is a skeptic of climate change who once claimed that it was a fraud invented by the Chinese.
Johnson used the session to emphasize a £ 10 million pledge to help prevent the destruction of the Amazon.
When the G7 summit came to an end, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the club consisting of some of the richest democracies in the world & # 39; impotent & # 39; used to be.
Mr. Johnson's first meeting today was with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who congratulated the England cricket team on winning the Ashes test competition yesterday
Johnson could not resist a benign cricket-related jibe at the expense of his Australian counterpart after the meeting
Prior to the summit, host Macron said there would be no definitive communique, an agreed statement supported by all leaders.
The 2018 G7 summit ended in a farce when Mr. Trump withdrew his support for the text and Mr. Macron wanted to prevent a repeat.
Brown said to the BBC Radio 4 Today program: & If you have an organization that cannot agree on a communique, which does not have an agreed agenda, that does not even agree on membership, and as far as I can see is broken off, at the weekend in small huddles individuals who have bilateral discussions – you really have a leaderless world.
& # 39; Some people rightly call it G Zero because the world seems more divided than I can remember. & # 39;
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