Ousting Donald Trump would hit Boris Johnson’s plans for a hard Brexit
- Credit: Getty Images
An expert has predicted that Boris Johnson's plans for a hard Brexit would be significantly impacted if Donald Trump was ousted later this year as US president.
An expert in international politics believes Trump's Democrat rival would not agree to a free trade agreement in the same form that the existing president is advocating.
Professor Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham has warned that the likes of Bernie Sanders - current favourite to be the Democrat candidate - would force Boris Johnson back to the negotiating table with the European Union because of fears over the impact a free trade deal would have on workers.
"If Sanders was president, the UK government would have to come to the US with a resolution with the EU," he told the Express.
"Because what is Sanders' priority? The reason why he didn't like other free trade deals is because they didn't provide enough protection for labour, and for small American companies, and instead benefitting big companies.
You may also want to watch:
"He was against the EU-US trade deal because he felt standards would be lowered."
Sanders has opposed a number of trade deals in the past because of weakened protections for workers.
- 1 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 2 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 3 Danny Dyer praised for criticisms of Tory party - pointing out Etonians can't run the country
- 4 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 5 Boris Johnson warned majority will be 'wiped out' over treatment towards north of England
- 6 Third Tory MP who rejected extending free school meals is targeted with local protests
- 7 Piers Morgan calls Boris Johnson a 'blustering buffoon' in attack on PM's handling of Covid-19 pandemic
- 8 Boris Johnson 'frantically repositioning' himself for Donald Trump to lose election
- 9 Liz Truss' department slammed for false claim about cost of soy sauce after Brexit
- 10 George Osborne says it is 'game over' for Boris Johnson over free school meals
Back in 2016 the senator said: "I do not believe in unfettered free trade. I believe in fair trade which works for the middle class and working families, not just large multinational corporations".
Lucas also warned that Ireland will also be an issue for American politicians - and without a deal with the European Union that will be even more significant.
"Whatever administration that's there, if you negotiate an agreement, the US congress will not allow that free trade agreement if there is a hard Irish border, they will not approve it.
"Right now, the Johnson government is in a mess, where they have a provision which prevents a hard border, if they get rid of that customs line down the Irish Sea we are back to a hard border.
"The UK cannot advance on an agreement with the US until it is clear what is going to be agreed with the EU because of the Irish question."
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said last year that a US-UK trade agreement would not be approved if it undermines the Good Friday Agreement.
"Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, especially now, as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood." Pelosi said. "We cannot go back."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.