Donald Trump praises Boris Johnson after move to suspend British parliament, says he is 'exactly what UK has been looking for'

  • Donald Trump on Wednesday praised 'great' British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after his controversial move to suspend parliament.

  • Trump said the suspension will make it 'very hard' for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek a no-confidence vote against Johnson.

  • Trump is Johnson's highest-profile foreign backer and he has encouraged Brexit.

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised "great" British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after his controversial move to suspend parliament.

Trump said the suspension — which critics call a deliberate attempt to stymie democratic opposition to Brexit — will make it "very hard" for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek a no-confidence vote against Johnson.

 Donald Trump praises Boris Johnson after move to suspend British parliament, says he is exactly what UK has been looking for

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"Especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the UK has been looking for, & will prove to be 'a great one!' Love UK," Trump tweeted.

Johnson announced the usually shorter suspension of parliament would be extended until 14 October — just two weeks before Britain is set to leave the EU — enraging anti-Brexit MPs.

MPs will return to London later than in recent years, giving pro-EU lawmakers less time than expected to thwart Johnson's Brexit plans before Britain is due to leave the European Union on 31 October.

Trump is Johnson's highest-profile foreign backer and he has encouraged Brexit with promises of a major bilateral trade deal, as well as repeatedly praising the new British premier's personal qualities.

They most recently met at the G7 summit in France this weekend, where Trump said Johnson is the "right man" for concluding the exit from the European Union.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2019 23:28:40 IST