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G7: Johnson is charming Trump, nothing new on the Brexit side

2019-08-25T16:08:12.873Z

G7: Johnson is charming Trump, nothing new on the Brexit side



Biarritz (AFP)

As expected, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson displayed great complicity, with the US president showing his support for the British in his Brexit stalemate with Europe, comparing the EU to a British "pinch ball".

Hilares, the two men point to each other on the table of their breakfast, like two accomplices delighted with the good trick they have just played. In fact, the two impetuous leaders are the two most unpredictable elements of this G7 summit in Biarritz, each on its own scale.

"He's going to be a fantastic Prime Minister," Trump said on the occasion of the first meeting since Johnson packed his bags at 10 Downing Street, propelled to the head of a country in full Brexit pyschodrama a few weeks before leaving the European Union, for the moment without amicable agreement.

Asked what advice he might give him, Trump, who is considered to be a particularly tough negotiator, said he "does not need any advice. I have been saying this for a long time. "

And the two men have a bright future sparkled for their two countries.

Donald Trump promised Johnson "a huge trade deal, sooner, bigger than ever before," he said, as London looks for an alternative to Europe. is so far its first trading partner.

The EU is "a ball in the ankle" of the United Kingdom, he said.

With a warm hug to his American counterpart, Boris Johnson also said that the two countries will conclude a "fantastic trade agreement once the obstacles are removed". Saturday night, he complained that some British products did not have access to the US market, such as shower trays or pork pies.

And against the American president, Mr. Johnson asked him to allow cabotage in the United States for British ships.

- "Donald, what we want ..." -

"Donald, what we want is the possibility for our ships to be able to transport freight, say from New York to Boston," he said.

Donald Trump, who is in a strong position against a beleaguered Boris Johnson, has timed and dodged: "Several things ... We are talking about several things," he said.

Because the British Prime Minister does not advance in its negotiations with Brussels on the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU.

On Sunday, he met another Donald, Tusk, the President of the European Council, 24 hours after scrapping by media on the thorny issue of the Irish border, no blocking negotiations.

One of the main points of disagreement is the provision in the Brexit Treaty for the Irish border between the part of the island that is part of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which is a member of the EU. between London and Brussels.

It foresees that, for lack of a better solution after a transitional period, and to avoid the return of a border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the whole United Kingdom remains in a "single customs territory" with the EU.

A European diplomat said the meeting was held in "a cordial atmosphere" for "about 20 minutes". "On the Brexit, there was no new development, it was a confirmation of the positions, Johnson explained how he saw things, and he did not want a + no deal + (at the exit of the EU It's reassuring, the ball is in the British camp, we do not know their new ideas (to settle the Irish question, ed), if they have any. "

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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