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Boris Johnson criticises European Union lack of cooperation on Brexit deal

13 August 2019

It comes after Donald Trump's national security adviser said the United Kingdom would be "first in line" for a trade deal with the U.S., possibly on a gradual "sector-by-sector" basis, after Brexit.

"The prime minister spoke to President Trump today".

"There's a 40 percent probability of a general election coupled with an Article 50 extension", Smith said, referring to the notification Britain would leave the EU.

Trump expressed appreciation for Britain's "steadfast partnership" in tackling global challenges in a call with Johnson, a White House statement said on Monday.

Less than two months ago, Ms Rudd stated her belief there are enough Conservative MPs who would be willing to bring down a government intent on a no-deal Brexit.

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It comes as No 10 pinpoints Monday 9 September as the critical day for a legislative battle with the cross-party campaign to block a no-deal departure.

Jeremy Corbyn tabling a motion of no confidence in the Government. Green MP Caroline Lucas, meanwhile, was criticised for not including any people of colour in her proposed all-female "emergency cabinet".

Anti-Brexit campaigners - including more than 70 MPs and peers - filed a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to attempt to stop Mr Johnson from being able to prorogue Parliament.

He later tweeted: "I had a great meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday".

MPs including Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and SNP MP Joanna Cherry have shown their support for the case.

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Speaking following a meeting with Mr Johnson during a visit to London, John Bolton said the United States could focus on striking bilateral trade deals in certain sectors like manufacturing and car-making where the two countries may agree, and work out more complicated areas later.

She said lawmakers would need to move rapidly to organize such a vote, with the October 31 deadline to leave the European Union.

There is little hope that a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will lead to any breakthrough on Brexit, Irish officials believe.

May tried multiple times, unsuccessfully, to pass an EU-approved exit deal.

Trump believes that "when it comes to trade negotiations the European Union is worse than China, only smaller", the official said.

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Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, which is supporting the latest challenge, said: "A man with no mandate seeks to cancel Parliament for fear it will stop him inflicting on an unwilling public an outcome they did not vote for and do not want".

Boris Johnson criticises European Union lack of cooperation on Brexit deal