Boris Johnson and Donald Trump ignited expectations of a strong UK-US trade deal to come into effect after Brexit when the two leaders were spotted engaging in a friendly bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in Biarritz. The two leaders last month announced they had begun talks over the future deal they hope to strike once the UK leaves the European Union but former diplomat Sir David Warren warned the Prime Minister should not rely on President Trump being able to deliver on a new agreement. Speaking to Sky News, Sir David said: “President Trump can’t deliver a trade deal, that’s the basic point.
“Just like he can’t, as he tried last week, to order American companies not to trade with China. That’s an important element in understanding the relationship between these two leaders.
“Of course it’s good that leaders have good chemistry – nobody wants a relationship between two countries where the two people in charge can’t stand the sight of each other – but I don’t think we should be misled into thinking that delivers an effective answer to a much big problem.”
The former Ambassador to Japan continued: “Already Nancy Pelosi has said there’s no way in which a trade deal is going to get through Congress if Brexit compromises the Good Friday Agreement, the status of Northern Ireland – which is the backstop issue which is such a problem for the British Government.
“No matter what the President says about delivering a trade deal, he’s going to have to get any trade deal through Congress and in Congress he is going to find there are Senators and Congressmen and women whose constituents are affected by the trade concessions he’s going to have to make in order to get agreement on the sort of deal that both sides want.”
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned the British Government the US Congress will not allow a new trade deal between the US and the UK to pass should peace on the island of Ireland were to be jeopardised because of Brexit.
In a statement released earlier this month, Mrs Pelosi said: “Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, especially now, as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood. We cannot go back.
“If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress.
“The peace of the Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be fiercely defended on a bicameral and bipartisan basis in the United States Congress.”
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The President said: “Before I was sort of stymied by the other side because nothing got done on the other side, as you’ve seen from Brexit.
“But this is a different person and this is a person that’s going to be a great prime minister, in my opinion.”
The American leader said of their meeting: “We’re having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves, you wouldn’t believe.”
“A very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK and now they won’t have the obstacle of, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle because that’s what they had. And we’re going to have some very good trade talks.”