U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
Trade deal unlikely under May’s Brexit deal, US envoy warns UK
Britain ‘in need of leadership’ said President Trump’s ambassador.
Updated 12/31/18, 12:19 PM CET
The U.K. will likely miss out on a HUGE Donald Trump-style trade deal if Prime Minister Theresa May wins parliamentary approval for her Brexit, the U.S. ambassador to Britain warned Monday.
Ambassador Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets football team and fierce Trump loyalist, delivered his ominous forecast in a radio interview with BBC4.
Johnson stressed that overall he is tremendously optimistic about the U.K.’s future — more optimistic perhaps than many Britons whom he suggested were too focused on the past. But, describing his extensive travels around the country, he offered a devastating verdict on the state of the Union under May’s government.
“I’ve been all over Wales, I’ve been all over Ireland and Scotland and also England — and I am feeling that the country is in need of leadership,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the Trump administration hopes Brexit will lead to a bright new chapter in the so-called special relationship between the U.S. and U.K., but said a comprehensive trade deal seems unlikely if the Brexit Withdrawal Treaty that May brokered with the EU is ratified.
So far, May doesn’t yet have the needed support for the deal in the British Parliament — a challenge made harder by Johnson’s comments.
While British media outlets quickly began reporting that Johnson had “savaged”