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Trump envoy: US would enthusiastically back no-deal Brexit

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America would “enthusiastically” support a no-deal Brexit, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to London.

“If thats the decision of the British government, we will support it enthusiastically, and thats what Im trying to convey,” Bolton told reporters on the first day of his two-day visit to the British capital, according to the Guardian. “Were with you, were with you.”

He said the U.S. would consider striking sector-specific deals ahead of a full-scale trade pact.

“The ultimate end result is a comprehensive trade agreement covering all trading goods and services,” Bolton said. “But to get to that you could do it sector by sector, and you can do it in a modular fashion. In other words, you can carve out some areas where it might be possible to reach a bilateral agreement very quickly, very straightforwardly.”

Bolton also took aim at Brussels, saying: “The fashion in the European Union is when the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right. There was a vote — everyone knew what the issues were. It is hard to imagine that anyone in this country did not know what was at stake. The result is the way it was. Thats democracy.”

He added: “Britains success in successfully exiting the European Union will be a statement about democratic rule and constitutional government. Thats important for Britain. But its important for the United States, too. So we see a successful exit as being very much in our interest, and theres no quid pro quo on any of these issues.”

Bolton also said he couldnt see a threat to the Good Friday Agreement as a result of Brexit, the Guardian wrote.

Bolton was expected to urge Britain to align more closely with Americas stance on Iran and on Huaweis involvement in 5G telecoms networks, but he told reporters that Washington understood Brexit was the priority, given Britains Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised to exit the EU by October 31.

“The U.S. government fully understands that in the next 80 days the U.K. government has a singular focus on the Brexit issue, so that were not pushing for anything on these broaRead More – Source

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