Brexit Britain has been given a huge boost after the US national security adviser, John Bolton, said the UK will be “first in line” for a trade deal with the US. Boris Johnson also shared a phone conversation with the US President on Monday, as the idea of a “sector-by-sector” deal was floated to quickly drum out an agreement in the event of a no deal exit from the Brussels bloc. Speaking following a meeting with Mr Johnson on a visit to London, Mr Bolton said the US could focus on certain sectors like manufacturing and car-making where the two countries may agree, and work out more complicated areas later.
He 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 constantly at the front of the trade queue, or line as we say.”
He added: “We want to move very quickly. We wish we could have moved further along in this with the prior government.
“We were ready to negotiate. We are ready to negotiate now. You could do it sector by sector, you could do it in a modular fashion in other words.
“You could carve out some areas where it might be possible to reach a bilateral agreement very quickly, very straightforwardly.
“That would then lock that in and when the other areas that might be more difficult were concluded later, you could combine it in one overall agreement. So the objective is either one document or a series of agreements that would be comprehensive.
“In order to expedite things and enhance the possibility for increasing the trade and investments between the two countries, doing it in a sector-by-sector approach or some other approach that the trade negotiators might agree with, we are open to that.”
He added: “The idea of doing it in pieces rather than waiting for the whole thing is not unprecedented.
“They discussed global economic issues and trade, and the Prime Minister updated the President on Brexit.”
Prime Minister Mr Johnson has repeatedly warned the UK will be leaving the EU with or without a deal by the end of October this year.
Mr Johnson has demanded the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement is ejected before negotiations between the UK and EU can restart, but so far the bloc has refused to budge, pushing Britain towards no deal.
Published at Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:59:00 +0000