Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Boris Johnson urges Trump to remove `considerable barriers` for United Kingdom trade

Boris Johnson urges Trump to remove `considerable barriers` for United Kingdom trade

Brexit advocates, including Johnson, have hailed the ability to strike free trade deals with countries such as the United States as one of the main benefits of leaving the EU.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a pre-G7 summit phone call to US President Donald Trump to demand he lower trade barriers and open up parts of the US economy to British firms, citing a wide range of markets from cars to cauliflowers.

The political impasse has raised the chances of a general election and politicians of all stripes are preparing.

Johnson met Tusk a day after he and the European Union council chief exchanged barbs over who would be known as "Mr No Deal Brexit" in case Britain left the bloc without a deal on October 31.

"When it comes back on October the 14th for the Queen's speech, that is probably enough time to still get a Brexit deal through".

Johnson was due to speak to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker by phone later on Tuesday, while the government's chief Brexit adviser David Frost will head to Brussels for talks on a possible deal on Wednesday.

The House of Commons is now expected to resume sitting after its summer break on September 3 and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders have agreed to seek legislative changes to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson said he was an "optimist" and thought the European Union would understand there is an "opportunity to do a deal".

"I think that it's the job of everybody in parliament to get this thing done, I think it's what the people want".

The Labour leader has said he plans to call a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week and if he wins it would be ready to lead a caretaker government.

Earlier this week, Tusk accused Johnson of supporting the re-introduction of a hard border with Ireland after the United Kingdom prime minister failed to come up with "realistic alternatives" to the Irish backstop contained in the Brexit deal.

Britain is now on course for a no-deal exit unless parliament can stop it. Lawmakers return from their summer break on September 3, reconvening for a fight that will determine the fortunes of the world's fifth-largest economy.

In January, the Labour leader put forward a motion of no confidence in the government of Theresa May.

"So it seems that Boris Johnson may actually be about to shut down Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit".

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer has said suspending parliament - known as "proroguing" - would be "unlawful" and "completely unacceptable".

"A central feature of the legislative programme will be the Government's number one legislative priority, if a new deal is forthcoming at EU Council, to introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before October 31".

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