Brexit offers the opportunity for Britain to become a “strong and independent country” that will have a positive impact on the rest of the world and play a vital role in Nato.
That is the considered view of John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor, and a committed advocate of Britain leaving the European Union.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Telegraph on the eve of US President Donald Trump’s state visit next week, Mr Bolton said the outcome of the 2016 Brexit referendum represented a “triumph of democracy”.
And he backed Mr Trump’s pledge that Washington will negotiate a trade deal that is mutually beneficial to the US and Britain.
“We have agonised with you throughout this process,” said Mr Bolton.
“The US preference is for Britain to follow the course of what the people asked for and leave the EU. It is a lesson for everyone in the triumph of democracy.
“As a separate nation again, Britain’s impact on the world has the prospect of being even greater.
“And from the US point of view that is all to the good.
“I think it will help us in Nato in particular to have another strong and independent country that will help Nato to be more effective, and that has to be a plus.”