LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it would be “best” if U.S. President Donald Trump does not get involved in Britain’s election when he visits London for a NATO summit next week.
Trump waded into the election in October by saying opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for Britain and that Johnson should agree a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
But senior Conservatives are nervous that Trump could upset the campaign when in London, just over a week before the Dec. 12 election which polls indicate Johnson is on course to win.
“What we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends, what we don’t do traditionally, is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” Johnson, 55, told LBC radio.
“The best (thing) when you have close friends and allies like the U.S. and the UK is for neither side to get involved in each other’s election.”
Johnson has said that, if he retains power, he will deliver Brexit by Jan. 31 — after nearly four years of political crisis following a 2016 referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union.
He said he wanted to keep in place government preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit – under which Britain would