The United States is willing to “enthusiastically” support the United Kingdom once Brexit is complete. In statements to the media last Monday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said the UK could count on Washington in the face of implied expectations after the end of agreements with the European Union (EU).
According to Reuters, during his visit to London, Bolton reiterated to Prime Minister Boris Johnson the U.S.’s willingness to sign a free trade agreement after Oct. 31.
For his part, Johnson has been looking for ways to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU in order to do so quickly and in a coordinated manner.
However, as Reuters points out, the EU is not willing to renegotiate the terms. Faced with the announcement, the United States was respectful of the decision by the EU, but insisted that in the face of such uncertainty the UK will have the support of the United States.
Bolton said, “If that’s the decision of the British government we will support it enthusiastically, and that’s what I’m trying to convey. We’re with you, we’re with you,” Reuters reported.
Faced with the largest geopolitical decision that the UK will take since the Second World War, the U.S. national security adviser in his visit to London also reiterated the desire of the U.S. to improve relations with the British government, after certain tensions between Donald Trump and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to Reuters, for Bolton, the decision of the historic 2016 referendum, which establishes the irresolute decision to leave the European Union, is indeed unequivocal on the part of current British officials.
Reuters said that the idea Bolton wanted to convey in London is that the United States is willing to provide support so that the United Kingdom can cushion the EU’s exit by concluding a free trade agreement, which is currently under negotiation by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthighzer and his British counterpart Liss Truss.
Reuters points out that while Bolton mentioned that the aim between the two nations was to reach a comprehensive trade agreement, he also said that they could agree trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving the more difficult areas in the trading relationship until later.
The British agency also noted that according to a senior U.S. official, President Trump previously wanted to have rapprochement with the United Kingdom to review possible trade agreements, but there was no arrangements yet, indicating that “when it comes to trade negotiations the EU is worse than China, only smaller.”
Bolton had been expected to urge officials from Johnson’s government to align its policy on Iran more along the lines of the United States, Bolton said the issue can be addressed later, according to Reuters.
” We’re not here to pressure you on this. … We want to be helpful on Brexit,” Bolton said, according to the UK news agency.