Mr Johnson also backtracked on previous opinions about US access to the NHS, denying that there were any plans afoot to”purchase” the health service. Speaking to LBC, Mr Johnson, who described US President Donald Trump’s mindset towards post-Brexit Britain as”bullish”, said UK negotiators needed to”take him at his word” to the subject of a trade deal. Stressing how excited the US President is for a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, Mr Johnson said:”He’s very bullish.
The US ambassador added:”He wants to get it done. Take him at his word, and start working on it night and day. It’d be my proposal.”
Mr Johnson also urged the UK to attack trade deals inside the’Fives Eyes’ security alliance including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
He explained:”With a trade deal with the US and possibly the Five Eyes will strengthen your hand when you’re negotiating with your nearest geographically trading partner, which is the EU.”
In the aftermath of Labour repeatedly telling voters in last month’s general election which the NHS would be a key part of negotiations under a Tory government, Mr Johnson insisted US President Donald Trump wasn’t considering the idea.
Asked if the US wished to purchase the NHS, Mr Johnson told LBC:”No, no, and double no.
“The President said if you gave it to him on a silver platter he wouldn’t take it.
“We’ve our own problems dealing with health care. It is a major, major problem.”
His remarks contrasted with remarks made during an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr this past calendar year, where Mr Johnson said:”I think the entire economy, at a trade deal, all things that are traded will be on the table”
Pressed about if that meant healthcare also, he said:”I’d think so.”
Britain could find itself embroiled in another’cod war’ following Brexit if it expels overseas ships from its waters, the European Union has warned.
Fishing communities the length and breadth of the UK have called for European trawlers to be kicked out following the UK leaves the bloc while fishermen on the continent have threatened to retaliate with a blockade of ports. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whose nation holds the rotating six-month presidency of the EU, made apparent the group of negotiators who will kick off talks with Britain after January 31 will drive for continued access.
Plenkovic said:”we would like to avoid any fisheries skirmishes in the Atlantic.
“We’ve seen them earlier, we don’t want to see them again.”