Boris Johnson will meet the US President three times in 100 days as he plots Brexit
Boris Johnson will meet the US President three times in 100 days as he looks to deliver on his ‘do or die’ Brexit pledge.
The newly elected Tory leader will join Donald Trump for three rounds of talks as he tries to maintain the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries.
The meetings are scheduled to take place before the Brexit extension runs out on October 31, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU by Halloween, with or without a deal.
It comes after Nigel Farage urged the new PM to call for a General Election and form a pact with his Brexit Party – a plan he said the President wholeheartedly endorses.
He told The Times: ‘He [Mr Trump] thinks a Johnson-Farage alliance would be unstoppable and would deliver Brexit. He sees it very clearly.
‘I have said my levels of trust in Boris and the Conservative Party are very low, but if he really means it and is absolutely determined to deliver a clean break Brexit then of course I’d talk to him.’
‘It would need Boris to be incredibly brave. He would have to call a general election and accept that a significant number of his own MPs would leave the party.’
He made the comments following a Trump rally in Washington, which saw the US President fuel rumours the Brexit Party Leader could be Britain’s next ambassador to America.
Mr Trump said Mr Farage would ‘work well’ with incoming PM Boris Johnson as he sought him out during a speech in Washington.
Mr Farage flew into the States as the news of Johnson’s win broke yesterday.
Mr Johnson and Mr Trump are expected to meet for the first time next month, but the location is yet to be confirmed.
Then they will likely sit down for talks at the G7 in Biarritz, France, and the UN General Assembly in New York in September.
The newly elected Prime Minister will join Donald Trump (together in 2017) for three rounds of talks as he tries to maintain the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries
Nigel Farage has urged Boris Johnson to form an ‘unstoppable’ General Election pact with his Brexit Party
Amid speculation over who would replace Sir Kim Darroch as ambassador, bookies have slashed odds on the man Trump dubbed ‘Mr Brexit’ being the man to help seal a US-UK trade deal after Britain leaves the EU.
Earlier this year, Theresa May rebuffed the suggestion that Mr Farage could provide access and a potential post-Brexit trade deal.
But yesterday the US President said: ‘I know he’s going to work well with Boris.’
Shortly after Mr Johnson’s victory was announced, the president told an audience Mr Johnson was ‘Britain’s Trump’, adding: ‘They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need.’
Mr Trump, who who has previously hailed Mr Farage as ‘Mr Brexit’, singled him out from the crowd in Washington, saying: ‘I know he’s going to work well with Boris.’
Yesterday Mr Farage once again offered his help, writing in the Telegraph that the Tories should ally with his Brexit Party. This notion was ruled out by Johnson last week.
There is a vacancy in the role after Sir Kim resigned in the fall-out from a cables leak that exposed him describing Mr Trump as ‘inept’. The US leader responded calling Sir Kim ‘a pompous fool’.
Yesterday the American president hailed Mr Farage’s gains in May’s European Parliament election as he predicted an excellent relationship with the incoming Prime Minister.
Mr Farage had earlier laid down the gauntlet to Boris Johnson and challenged him to deliver on his ‘do or die’ Brexit pledge.
Trump hailed Mr Johnson and Mr Farage as he said that both could do ‘tremendous things’ for Britain
Speaking in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Trump singled out Mr Farage, saying: ‘He did a great job and I know he’s going to work well with Boris’
The Brexit Party leader said he wished Mr Johnson ‘well’ but questioned whether the next prime minister had the ‘courage’ to actually take the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31.
Speaking at Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit 2019 in Washington, Mr Trump singled out Mr Farage in the audience, saying: ‘I tell you what, he got 32 per cent of the vote from nowhere over in the UK.
‘He did a great job and I know he’s going to work well with Boris, they are going to do some tremendous things.’
Mr Johnson’s vow to get Britain out of the bloc by the current Halloween deadline with or without an agreement dominated the Tory leadership campaign against Jeremy Hunt.
The former foreign secretary doubled down on his promise today as he was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party, telling activists: ‘We are going to get Brexit done on October 31.’
Mr Johnson now has no room for manoeuvre on the Brexit deadline having ruled out so strongly signing off on another delay to the UK’s divorce from Brussels.
And Mr Farage is already putting the pressure on to ensure there is no backsliding from the man who will take over from Theresa May as prime minister tomorrow.
Mr Farage tweeted shortly after the result was announced, saying: ‘I wish Boris Johnson well as Prime Minister with his do or die pledge to deliver Brexit on October 31st. Does he have the courage to deliver?’
Trump’s warm words about Johnson (left) and Farage (right) came as The Brexit Party leader attacked the incoming PM’s choice of chief whip
He added: ‘It is do or die, not just for Brexit but for the future of the Conservative Party.’
Whether Mr Johnson is able to deliver on his pledge is likely to have major ramifications for his and Mr Farage’s political futures.
The Brexit Party surged to victory in the European Parliament elections earlier this year as they were fuelled by disllusioned Leave voters angry at the Conservative government’s failure to take the UK out of the EU.
Mr Johnson believes delivering Brexit on time will see those voters return to the Tories and help propel him to victory at a future general election.
But should Brexit be delayed again Mr Farage’s star will likely continue to rise and potentially make his party a major player in Westminster when the country next goes to the polls.
Speaking after he was named the new Tory leader, Mr Johnson said delivering Brexit would wake up the ‘slumbering giant’ of Britain.
He said: ‘Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me.
‘And I think that we know we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it.
‘And we know the mantra of the campaign that has just gone by, in case you have forgotten it and you probably have, it is deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do.
‘We are all going to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.
‘I know that some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite and defeat was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells dud – but they forgot the final “e” my friends, “e” for energise.
‘And I say to all the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country.
‘We are going to get Brexit done on October 31. We are going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of can-do.
‘And we are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.’
Mr Johnson’s path to getting Brexit done by October 31 appears fraught with difficulty.
His first preference is to renegotiate a better deal with the EU but the bloc has insisted the terms of divorce cannot be changed.
His fall back is to take Britain out of the bloc without a deal but such a strategy is likely to be opposed by a majority of MPs.