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Trump pledges 'very big trade deal' to UK's Johnson | DW |

The leaders of the UK and the US had their first official meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France on Sunday, with President Donald Trump heaping praise on the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and promising stronger trade ties once the UK leaves the EU.

Trump vowed to work out a "very big trade deal, bigger than we've ever had" between the two countries. The US president also said the British would lose "the anchor around their ankle" after Brexit.

Johnson responded by saying he was "very grateful" for Trump's promise.

What's for breakfast at G7? Donald Trump dishes out praise for 'fantastic' UK PM Boris Johnson | SCMP |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Aug 25th, 2019 at 06:00:45 PM EST
Scratching my head, wondering just exactly what the UK can provide and in what bulk the the US isn't already getting in sufficient quantities.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Aug 25th, 2019 at 07:58:32 PM EST
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Depends on the price, right? If the UK turns to a strategy of self-impoverishment by acting as a low-cost supplier, they could buy their way into plenty of markets. Race to the bottom and all that...
by asdf on Tue Aug 27th, 2019 at 01:54:09 PM EST
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And as with every other Trump promise, it is full sound and fury, signifying nothing.
by rifek on Mon Aug 26th, 2019 at 11:56:09 PM EST
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An advantage the UK has at this point is that the US has clearly demonstrated its reliability or lack thereof in trade negotiations, treaty agreements, migration rules, military support, etc. There is no excuse for a UK politician of any stripe--even including BoJo--to be taken by surprise.

In fact, the US does not currently even try to keep the parameters secret. John Bolton, Woody Johnson, and plenty of others have been open about what will be required in the fast and easy UK-UK post-Brexit trade deal. And, incidentally, "take it or leave it" will be the negotiation position.

Furthermore, even if the UK decides to "take it," that is only an indication that with further negotiation, the US could get even more concessions--after additional roundabout discussions and backtracking and threats and promises and photo-ops.

by asdf on Tue Aug 27th, 2019 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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