Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

UK FOREIGN MINISTER: Trump Should Negotiate BREXIT, ‘He’d Go Bloody Hard’

UK FOREIGN MINISTER: Trump Should Negotiate BREXIT, ‘He’d Go Bloody Hard’

Prime Minister Theresa May has confidence in her foreign secretary Boris Johnson after he was recorded warning that there could be a meltdown over Brexit, her spokeswoman said on Friday.

In a recording obtained by BuzzFeed news, Johnson said Brexit opponents, particularly in the Treasury, are so afraid of short-term problems that they may sacrifice long-term benefits such as Britain's ability to negotiate worldwide trade deals and develop its own regulations.

"You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?" I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown.

'I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness, ' Mr Johnson said.

Noting that a potential showdown with the European Union might lead to a "meltdown", he assured the crowd that "it's going to be all right in the end".

He revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had asked Britain to use its nuclear expertise in helping North Korea dismantle its arsenal.

Johnson appeared to accuse the government of heading towards a so-called "soft" Brexit whereby the United Kingdom would cling to existing ties with the European Union. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic.

The Foreign Office did not immediately comment on the recordings.

In light of the president's success and Britain's perceived weakness, Mr. Johnson said he wanted a "much more energetic" approach to the UK's diplomacy, and by extension Brexit.

Party leader Arlene Foster said: "We will not tolerate the annexation of Northern Ireland".

In Brussels, the EU's chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, said Johnson's contributions were "always very stimulating".

"I wouldn't negotiate it the way it's being negotiated", he said in a TV interview with Good Morning Britain, though adding that he has respect for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. I don't know about a meltdown.

The UK is set to leave the European Union in March 2019.

"The foreign secretary has strong views on Brexit, but so do I. That's why I'm getting on with the job of delivering Brexit", she said.

The Brexit minister David Davis reportedly threatened to resign over the so-called "backstop" solution for Northern Ireland, to guarantee an open border after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Under the new backstop proposals, if no agreement on customs has been implemented by the end of 2020, a temporary arrangement would ensure that no "tariffs, quotas, rules of origin (or) customs processes" applied to UK-EU trade.

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