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World Trump praises UK PM Johnson as 'very capable' ahead of election

13:40  03 december  2019
13:40  03 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

UK's Johnson promises "sensible" tax cuts and spending plans

  UK's Johnson promises Prime Minister Boris Johnson, facing a Dec. 12 election, promised 23.5 billion pounds ($30.15 billion) worth of "sensible" tax cuts and higher spending which he contrasted with the more radical plans of the opposition Labour Party. © REUTERS/Phil Noble Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative party's manifesto launch in Telford, Britain November 24, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble Johnson's Conservative Party said the impact of its tax and spending plans on the government's day-to-day current budget would be close to zero in the period between 2020 and 2024.

Johnson 's Conservative Party are ahead in opinion polls, but it remains unclear if they are far enough in front to form the majority government Johnson requires to take Britain out of the EU in January. Trump is a divisive figure for some in Britain, and senior Conservatives are nervous his involvement

Corbyn has used Trump 's praise of Johnson as one of his focal messages to attack the Conservatives in his campaign, saying they would sell off parts of the much-loved state-run National Health Service to the U.S. businesses after Brexit if they win the election . (Reporting by Michael Holden and Andrew

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Corbyn has used Trump 's praise of Johnson as one of his focal messages to attack the Conservatives in his campaign, saying they would sell off parts of the much-loved state-run National Health Service to the U.S. businesses after Brexit if they win the election . The Sun newspaper reported on Friday that

Trump has already waded into the election , saying in October left-wing opposition leader Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, would be “so bad” for Britain Corbyn has used Trump ’s praise of Johnson as one of his focal messages to attack the Conservatives in his campaign, saying they would sell off parts of

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he thought Prime Minister Boris Johnson was very capable and would do a good job, moments after saying he did not want to get involved in the British election campaign.

The Dec. 12 election will decide the fate of Brexit and the world's fifth largest economy: Johnson has promised to take Britain out of the EU on Jan. 31 while opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised another EU referendum.

Trump has featured heavily in the British election campaign, where his name is used by the Labour Party as a by-word for a capitalist system that Corbyn, a veteran socialist campaigner, has promised to tear up if he wins power.

Trump flies into British election campaign

  Trump flies into British election campaign US President Donald Trump flies into Britain next week, just days before its general election -- and if earlier visits are any guide, fireworks are expected. But Labour has relished the attacks from a man facing a threat of impeachment back home, who is greeted by protests every time he visits Britain. It is expected to use Trump's trip to repeat its claim that Johnson's Brexit deal would open up Britain's state-run National Health Service to US firms.The prime minister has denied this, and this week said if Washington tried to include the NHS in trade talks, "we'd walk away".

President Trump has roiled British politics before — with comments on terrorism, as well as Brexit, trade and other sensitive issues. He is a wild card who could jolt the election with a single tweet. There is little Mr. Johnson can do to control the president. But he moved quickly to inoculate himself

President Trump barreled into London like a bowling ball on his first trip to Britain as president last year, testing the special relationship by criticizing then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit in the pages of The Sun ahead of his visit while praising her political rival at the time, Boris Johnson .

In London to attend a meeting of NATO leaders, Trump said he did not want to complicate the election, but then added:

"I think Boris is very capable and I think he'll do a good job," Trump said. He has previously cast New York-born Johnson as 'Britain's Trump' and feted him as the best leader to deliver Brexit.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)© Evan Vucci/AP Photo U.S. President Donald Trump meets NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Johnson's Conservative Party are ahead in opinion polls, but it remains unclear if they are far enough in front to form the majority government Johnson requires to take Britain out of the EU in January.

Trump is a divisive figure for some in Britain, and senior Conservatives are nervous his involvement could upset their campaign.

Trump Is Heading to London. Boris Johnson Is Not on His Calendar.

  Trump Is Heading to London. Boris Johnson Is Not on His Calendar. President Trump barreled into London like a bowling ball on his first trip to Britain as president last year, testing the special relationship by criticizing then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit in the pages of The Sun ahead of his visit while praising her political rival at the time, Boris Johnson. © Erin Schaff/The New York Times President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, in Biarritz, France, at the G7 Summit in August. Mr. Trump is heading to London again next week, this time for a NATO summit marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Mrs. May is long gone from Downing Street. Mr.

Trump says he will meet PM during his UK visit. Corbyn writes to Trump demanding 'urgent clarity' over NHS. Johnson accused of hypocrisy over racism Asked about the election and whether he will be meeting Boris Johnson , he said: “It’s going to be a very important election for this, but I have no

Johnson has urged Trump not to get involved in the upcoming election , fearing he Trump has typically been unafraid to comment on a wide range of U . K . election issues, with Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn often quick to use the U.S. president's praise of Johnson as a key attack line against

Trump also reaffirmed his support for Brexit - the central objective of Johnson's election campaign - and denied that the U.S. was interested in gaining access to Britain's National Health Service (NHS) in a future trade deal - the main element of Corbyn's election campaign.

Corbyn wrote to Trump on Monday to ask him to revise U.S. negotiating objectives for a post-Brexit trade deal to ensure Britain's public health service is not included.

Asked if he could work with Corbyn, Trump said: "I can work with anybody, I'm a very easy person to work with."

Trump was asked if the NHS could be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks, and responded "No not at all. I have nothing to do with it. Never even thought about it, honestly."

The prospect of U.S. involvement in the NHS - an emotive issue for voters that regularly ranks as one of the most important in opinion polls - has been used by Labour in the election campaign to attack Johnson.

Labour say Johnson wants to sell parts of the publicly funded system off to U.S. companies. Johnson has said that is not true.

Trump said: "We have absolutely nothing to do with it, and we wouldn't want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we'd want nothing to do with it." (Reporting by Steve Holland and William James; editing by Alistair Smout/Guy Faulconbridge)

Likely Johnson win means Brexit is coming, tough talks loom .
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on one theme alone — “Get Brexit done” — and if the results of an exit poll projection are correct, that just may happen. The U.K. exit poll predicts that Johnson's Conservatives won a substantial victory Thursday night in the country's general election. But even if Johnson pulls Britain out of the European Union by the Jan. 31 deadline, he will still face the mountainous challenge of negotiating a complex trade deal with the EU by the end of next year — a task that many experts say is not possible.

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