Boris Johnson’s fury as Donald Trump wades into the election to back Nigel Farage and urge the two to do a pact while criticizing the PM’s Brexit deal for making US-UK trade deal ‘difficult’
- No 10 insists ‘we can strike our free trade deals around the world’ post-Brexit
- US President said: ‘Under certain aspects of the deal. You just can’t do it’
- Mr. Trump said Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could do something ‘terrific’
The US President heaped praise on Mr. Johnson, describing him as a ‘terrific guy’ who would deliver Brexit.
Mr. Trump repeatedly appealed to Mr. Farage to join forces with the Conservatives at the election, telling him: ‘I’d like to see you and Boris get together cause you would really have some numbers – you did fantastically in the last election, and he respects you a lot. I just wish you two guys could get together – I think it would be a great thing.’
But the Brexit Party leader was circumspect about the chances of an electoral pact.
Mr. Farage said the PM had brought ‘a tremendous amount of energy to the job’.
But he remained critical of Mr. Johnson’s Brexit deal – and suggested he would only back down if the PM switched to a No Deal strategy. He told Mr. Trump: ‘If he drops this dreadful deal, fights the General Election on the basis that we just want to have trade with Europe but no political influence, do you know what? I would be right behind him.’
Mr. Corbyn has repeatedly claimed that US corporations could be given access to the NHS as part of a new post-Brexit trade deal. The claim looks set to be a central part of Labour’s election campaign, despite direct denials from Mr. Johnson, Trade Secretary Liz Truss, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Mr. Trump last night said it was untrue – and suggested Mr. Corbyn had made it up.
He said: ‘I mean, it’s so ridiculous I think Corbyn put that out there.’
Mr. Corbyn hit back, accusing Mr. Trump of ‘trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected’. He said the President had put the NHS ‘on the table’ in trade talks, adding: ‘He knows if Labour wins, US corporations won’t get their hands on it. Our NHS is not for sale.’
Mr. Trump’s intervention was not entirely helpful to the Prime Minister.
The President said he was ‘disappointed’ that Mr. Johnson – who marks 100 days in office today – had not managed to deliver Brexit, and he warned that a comprehensive free trade agreement could be impossible to negotiate under the terms of the PM’s Brexit deal.
Boris Johnson opens up MASSIVE 17 point poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party
Boris Johnson has urged voters to back his ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal at the ballot box on December 12 as he started the general election campaign with a massive 17 point poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn.
An Ipsos Mori survey conducted for the Evening Standard between October 25-28 has the Tories on 41 percent – up eight points since September.
But Labour is far behind on 24 percent and only narrowly ahead of Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats on 20 percent.
An Ipsos Mori survey for the Evening Standard gives the Tories a 17 point lead over Labour with the Lib Dems in third place in 20 percent
The poll has Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party on just seven percent as Mr. Johnson appears to be winning back Leave voters who may have ditched the Tories for the upstart movement.
Meanwhile, the Tories have a 15 point poll lead over Labour in a new YouGov survey conducted for The Times.
The Tories and the Labour Party were in similar positions in the polls at the start of the 2017 general election campaign but ultimately ended up with 42 percent and 40 percent of the total vote share on polling day.