Trump urges Boris, Farage to team up and drop the EU-approved deal
US President Donald Trump has urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage to join forces in the December 12 general election to achieve a complete departure of the UK from the European Union
US President Donald Trump has urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage to join forces in the December 12 general election to achieve a complete departure of the UK from the European Union.
President Trump, while appearing on Mr Farage's London LBC radio talk show, also agreed that the trade deal the prime minister struck with EU negotiators was a bad one.
To which Mr Farage said that he would join Prime Minister in a joint election strategy if then prime minister would only drop the deal, he failed to get through parliament, and instead pledge to a no-deal Brexit.
Said Mr Farage: 'If he drops this dreadful deal, if he fights the general election on the basis of no-deal, that we want to have trade with Europe but no political inference. If he was like that, I would be right behind him.'
President Trump said the terms of new EU deal, trade with the US would be curtailed.
'Under this deal, we can't do it,' said President Trump. 'We can't make a trade deal with the UK. I think we can do many times the numbers we do now. Much bigger numbers than you are doing under the European Union. Boris has to be very careful with that, because under that, we are precluded - and that's the problem with this deal.'
The US President said he was disappointed that Britain had not quit the EU on October 31 as promised by Prime Minister Johnson.
'I think we are all disappointed,' said President Trump. 'I was in favour of the UK leaving the EU from the beginning. We can do much more in trade. We are so much bigger than we were when I took office. We have grown a tremendous amount and China has gone in the opposite direction. We've gained trillions of dollars in worth and they and they have lost trillion dollars, so we are far and away the largest economy in the world.
'Your trade with us could be four to five times higher than it is right now. You would be much stronger economically that you are right now without the European Union. You are being held back by the European Union. If they want a union, that's fine, but I know it hurts your country. The are difficult people to deal with,' he said.