Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

United Kingdom may lack ships to police waters after Brexit: Govt leak

United Kingdom may lack ships to police waters after Brexit: Govt leak

US national security adviser John Bolton told British officials in London that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to be helpful about Brexit and was ready to move fast on drawing up a trade deal between the two countries.

One source close to a former cabinet minister, who is coordinating efforts to stop no-deal, said they believe at least five or six Conservative MPs would be needed to vote against Johnson's government, but "the numbers aren't there yet".

Bolton said his message had been: "We're not here to pressure you on this".

Expecting Chinese delegation in September although Chinese have not said yes or no.

"To be clear, in the Trump administration, Britain's constantly at the front of the trade queue, or line as we say".

Mr Johnson is expected to have his first face-to-face meeting as prime minister with Mr Trump later this month at the G7 summit in France.

Mr Bolton also referenced Mr Johnson's willingness to participate in Operation Sentinel, which aims to beef up the military presence in the Gulf in the face of tensions between the West and Iran, saying he was "pleased" as this "reflects a change from the prior government".

They said this was a "very nuclear option" that would only be tried as a last resort, given the risk that this approach could backfire and lead to an election after a no-deal Brexit. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press. A report in the Times this morning, citing a "leaked strategy document", indicate that MPs are drawing up plans to force PM Boris Johnson to give up his hardcore stance to leave the European Union on October 31st come what may.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Johnson remains "very clear in his determination to want to get a deal" and that he will phone European Union leaders in the coming days.

While many decisions that impact the US-UK relationship won't be made in the near term as the UK maintains focus on Brexit, the official said that Iran could require action more quickly.

Senior figures involved in the conversations believe the most likely chance of success would be a bill compelling the prime minister to seek an extension from the European Union if there is no deal in place by Halloween.

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