‘Would be terrible to do it any other way’: Donald Trump backs Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans as two leaders meet on sidelines of UNGA

Johnson on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with his plan for Brexit on 31 October, despite a momentous Supreme Court ruling

Agence France-Presse September 25, 2019 11:12:15 IST
‘Would be terrible to do it any other way’: Donald Trump backs Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans as two leaders meet on sidelines of UNGA
  • US President Donald Trump threw his weight on Tuesday behind Boris Johnson's plan to exit the European Union

  • Johnson on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with his plan for Brexit on 31 October, despite a momentous Supreme Court ruling

  • Ruling came after a series of defeats in parliament that had curbed Johnson's plans to leave EU on 31 October even without a divorce deal with Brussels

New York: US President Donald Trump threw his weight on Tuesday behind Boris Johnson's plan to exit the European Union as the British leader suffered a significant setback in court. "They have to get it done," Trump said of Johnson's Brexit plan, as the pair met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. "It would be a terrible thing to do it any other way."

Would be terrible to do it any other way Donald Trump backs Boris Johnsons Brexit plans as two leaders meet on sidelines of UNGA

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

Johnson on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with his plan for Brexit on 31 October, despite a momentous Supreme Court ruling that found his decision to suspend parliament unlawful. "It takes a man like this to get it done," Trump said of Johnson, adding, "I think he is going to get it done."

The American president told reporters that he had "no reaction" when he heard that Britain's highest court had ruled against Johnson. "He's a professional. It's just another day in the office," Trump said of his British counterpart.

The ruling came after a series of defeats in parliament that had curbed Johnson's plans to leave the EU at the end of next month even without a divorce deal with Brussels. Three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum, Johnson has insisted Britain must leave the EU without further delays, but lawmakers fear the disruptive impact of exiting without a deal with Brussels.

Johnson told reporters in New York that he "strongly disagreed" with the court decision but said he would respect it. He also renewed his calls for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's main opposition Labour party, to back a general election. Corbyn said Johnson should resign after the court judgment.

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