2019-11-02 by Daisy I.
Boris Johnson rejects Donald Trump’s suggested pact with Nigel Farage and won’t back down on Brexit deal
Photo: Donald Trump (centre made the suggestion of an electoral pact with Boris Johnson (left while appearing on Nigel Farage’s radio show.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected Donald Trump’s suggestion that he form an electoral pact with Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage — an alliance the US President suggested would be “an unstoppable force”.
Mr Farage piled the pressure on Mr Johnson on Friday, saying his party would run against the Prime Minister’s Conservatives across the country in the December 12 early election unless Mr Johnson abandoned his divorce deal with the EU.
He made the comments a day after Mr Trump urged the Brexit Party leader to make an electoral pact with the Conservatives while appearing on the Euroskeptic politician’s own radio phone-in show.
Mr Johnson rebuffed Mr Trump’s suggestion on Friday, ruling out any electoral pact with Mr Farage.
“If I may respectfully say to all our friends around the world … the only way to get this thing done is to vote for us,” Mr Johnson told ITV News.
“If you vote for any other party, the risk is you’ll just get Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, dither and delay.”
All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the election that is coming more than two years early.
If the Brexit Party runs in only a small number of seats, that would help the Conservatives, who are vying with Mr Farage for the support of Brexit-backing voters.
Mr Farage’s party, which was founded earlier this year, rejects Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, preferring to leave the bloc with no agreement on future relations in what it calls a “clean-break” Brexit.
It holds seats in the European Union’s legislature but has none so far in Britain’s Parliament.
Launching the Brexit Party’s election campaign on Friday, Mr Farage said Mr Johnson’s deal “is not Brexit” because it would mean continuing to follow some EU rules and holding years of negotiations on future relations.
“Boris tells us this is a great new deal. It is not. It is a bad old treaty. And simply, it is not Brexit,” Mr Farage said.
Mr Farage, who played a key role in the 2016 campaign for Britain to leave the EU, said if Mr Johnson agreed to abandon his deal, the Brexit Party would form a “non-aggression pact” with the Conservatives, standing aside from running against them in many areas.
“I believe the only way to solve this is to build a ‘leave’ alliance across this country,” Mr Farage said.
“If it was done, Boris Johnson would win a very big majority.”
Mr Farage warned that if Mr Johnson rejected the offer, “we will contest every single seat in England, Scotland and Wales”.
He said Mr Johnson needed to make up his mind before the nominations for candidates close on November 14.
Concerns about post-Brexit trade deals
On Mr Farage’s UK radio show on Thursday, Mr Trump called Mr Johnson “fantastic” but also undermined him by claiming that “certain aspects” of the Prime Minister’s EU divorce agreement would make it impossible for Britain to do a trade deal with the US.
The ability to strike new trade agreements around the world is seen by Brexit supporters as one of the key advantages of leaving the EU.
Most economists, though, say trade deals with the US and other countries are unlikely to compensate for Britain’s reduced commerce with the EU, which currently accounts for half of UK trade.
Forecasters say a no-deal Brexit would have an even more severe effect on the UK economy and would hurt EU nations as well.
The Opposition Labour Party has accused the Government of preparing to sell Britain’s National Health Service (NHS to US corporations as part of a post-Brexit trade deal.
“The US has called for full market access to our NHS, which would mean prices on some of our most important medicines increasing up to seven fold,” Mr Corbyn said this week.