Boris Johnson and Donald Trump enjoy love-in at the G7 summit as they reveal ‘a very big’ post-Brexit trade deal could be done within a YEAR


BORIS Johnson’s first face-to-face talks with Donald Trump turned into a love-in at the G7 summit yesterday as the PM revealed a post-Brexit US trade deal could be done in a year.

The US President hailed BoJo as the “right man” for the job — and slammed Theresa May — as they met at French seaside resort Biarritz.


Boris Johnson and Donald Trump enjoyed a love-in at the G7 summit and revealed that they are optimistic about reaching a post-Brexit US/UK trade deal[/caption]


Mr Johnson said a deal could done within a year while the US President promised it will be ‘the biggest yet’[/caption]

Speaking in the lavish Hotel du Palais, Mr Trump said:

  • Mrs May had “stymied” progress on a bumper trade deal with the US and could not get anything done.
  • With Boris in No10, he was optimistic a “very big trade deal” — “the biggest yet” — could be signed.
  • The UK had to rid itself of the EU “anchor” weighing it down.
  • Boris would be a “fantastic” Prime Minister.

Boris said Britain could “easily cope” with no EU deal and then told broadcasters the US wanted to sign the outlines of a pact by next July — an unprecedented timescale for such a complex agreement.

The PM said: “There’s an opportunity to do a great free-trade deal with the United States.

“The President is very gung-ho about that and so am I.

“They want to do it within a year. I’d love to do it within a year, but that’s a very fast timetable.”

In a sign of the growing relationship, Downing Street announced a new economic working group with the White House to study possible collaboration on areas such as tech and space.

Talks followed a series of phone calls between Mr Johnson and Mr Trump since the Tory heavyweight moved into No10.

Sources claim the pair intend to sign a “roadmap” towards a trade deal at the UN General Assembly in New York next month.


And yesterday’s hour-long breakfast meeting highlighted the growing rapport between the two.

They joked as they walked down a staircase to a hall packed with US and British journalists and Mr Trump asked: “Do you know who this is? He’s going to be a fantastic Prime Minister, I can tell you.”

Before talks over a working meal of scrambled eggs and veal sausages, Mr Trump continued that the PM was the “right man” to handle Brexit.

In a thinly veiled dig at ex-PM Mrs May, he said: “I’ve been saying that for a long time. It didn’t make your predecessor very happy.”

He suggested the brakes on transatlantic talks were now off because of Mrs May’s departure from No10.

Asked how fast talks could progress, Mr Trump said: “Pretty quickly. We don’t anticipate any problems. Before, we were sort of stymied.


Trump hailed Boris Johnson as ‘the right man’ for the job and says he will be ‘fantastic’ as PM[/caption]

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Boris said Britain could ‘easily cope’ with no EU deal and then said thatthe US want to sign the outlines of a pact by next July[/caption]

“Well I was stymied by the other side because nothing went — nothing got done on the other side as you’ve seen from Brexit.

“This is a different person, and this is a person that’s going to be a great Prime ­Minister, in my opinion. Boris, it’s only my opinion.”

He continued: “We’re having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves. We’re going to do a very big trade deal — bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK.

“At some point, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they had. So, we’re going to have some very good trade talks and big numbers.”

Boris prompted laughter by ­praising the President for being “on message” and notably said he was “not going to “dissent” over his scathing criticism of Mrs May.

But, smiling, he asked to register a “faint, sheep-like” note of criticism over the President’s trade war with China.

We’re having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves. We’re going to do a very big trade deal — bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK.

Donald Trump

He said: “We’re in favour of trade peace on the whole, and dialling it down if we can.”

But he doubled down on his concerns that the US would have to open up markets and slash red tape on British goods.


In front of the President, he said US trade negotiators were “formidable” and the talks were likely to be tough.

And while saying there was “unanimity” with the US that the NHS would not be up for grabs in any deal, he reiterated his concerns that British business faced too many obstacles when looking to export across the Atlantic.

The PM said: “I don’t think we sell a single joint of British lamb to the United States. We don’t sell any beef. We don’t sell any pork pies.

“And there are clearly huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the American market in the way that we currently don’t. And we’re very interested to talk about that with you.”

Preliminary discussions between the UK and the US have already thrown up potential obstacles, such as American demands for Britain to open up its markets to GM crops and chlorine-washed chicken.

But Mr Trump’s envoy John Bolton last week suggested mini deals could be struck in areas such as car manufacturing — leaving more contentious issues for later.

Referring to ex-President Barack Obama’s digs during the Brexit campaign, Mr Bolton said: “A prior American president said that if the United Kingdom left the European Union, it would go to the back of the queue on trade deals.

“To be clear, in the Trump administration, Britain’s consistently at the front of the trade queue, or line as we say.

“I think here we see the importance and urgency of doing as much as we can agree on as rapidly as possible because of the 31 October exit date.”


The PM said said US trade negotiators were ‘formidable’ and that the talks were likely to be tough[/caption]

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Mr Trump said talks can begin ‘pretty quickly, we don’t anticipate any problems’[/caption]

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