08.02.2019 | UK to remain US’ ‘closest ally’ even with no deal Brexit, Trump’s aide says
Source - The Daily Express

The Counsellor to the US President quashed any speculation regarding a possible rift between the UK and the US in case of a no-deal Brexit. Mrs Conway, one of the closest aides of Mr Trump, didn’t give her opinion on Brexit, saying it is for Britain to decide what to do with the European Union. But she reassured the country the US President will always regard the special relationship between the two countries in the highest possible terms. She said: "The president recognises Britain as our closest ally and that’s not going to change, regardless.” Mrs Conway also opened up on Mr Trump’s relationship with the British Prime Minister. When asked if “Mr Trump’s relationship with Theresa May is cool?”, the counsellor addressed it as “cordial” twice before telling the Daily Telegraph: “Critics and sceptics always lying in wait, ready to pounce.” However, Mr Trump had previously attacked Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement, branding it a “great deal for the EU.” In November 2018, just days after the Prime Minister came back from Brussels with a deal, the US President delivered a weighty blow to the Government, saying a similar deal could put at risk the future trade relationship between London and Washington. He said: “I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. “Because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us … I don’t think that the prime minister meant that. “And, hopefully, she’ll be able to do something about that.” Mrs May replied to the US President the day after, saying: “As regards the United States, we’ve already been talking to them about the sort of agreement we could have with them in the future.” Mrs Conway’s reassurances come after an influential US Congressman warned yesterday a free trade agreement with the US could be at risk if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. Richard Neal, chairman of the House of the Representatives Ways and Means Committee, claimed Britain failing to reach a solution avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could have heavy consequences on the UK-US trades. The Congressman, whose Committee oversees trade, said: "It's going to weigh on my mind. “I’ve already expressed my concerns to the United States Trade Representative. "We want a bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom, but at the same time I think that I would raise the same concerns that are being raised now and that would be obviously no return to a hard border." This warning came after Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, travelled to Washington to seek the help of the Capitol Hill's Irish-American caucus. There, Mr Coveney urged the group to use its influence to demand the UK not to undermine peace in Northern Ireland.

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