Woody Johnson, the ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom, has warned that the “quick, massive, bilateral trade deal” of US President Donald Trump after Brexit will not be possible under the proposed Brexit deal of British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Johnson also said that British politicians were growing frustrated at “trying to navigate what the people wanted when they voted” after the 2016 Brexit Referendum.
He said that the United Kingdom was “in need of leadership” over Brexit. Earlier, President Trump had said that the Brexit deal that is offered by May to the parliament was a “great deal for the EU.”
While Johnson discussed the scope of the trade deal that President Trump wanted to offer the United Kingdom after the implementation of Brexit, he said that the proposed deal of Pm May would make it difficult to offer.
He said that if the deal was approved by parliament, then a bilateral US deal “doesn’t look like it would be possible.”
The ambassador noted: “What I’m focusing on here is something the president has also said – that is looking forward to, and hoping, that the environment will lead to the ability for the US to do a quick, very massive bilateral trade deal … the precursor of future trade deals with other countries around the world for Great Britain that will really take you way, way into an exciting future.”
He acknowledged that the uncertainty remained, stating: “We’re still going through the stages of deciding exactly where the country is going.”
He added: “If it goes in a way that allows these kinds of agreements to occur then I think that will be very positive in the president’s eyes.”
He encouraged the United Kingdom to embrace the opportunities of life post-Brexit.
Johnson stated: “All of the reporting looks back and it looks at a very static future, rather than an active British future – about solving problems, entrepreneurialism and taking advantage of opportunities and being very innovative.”
He added: “If you look back and try to project the past into the present and future, it’s going to be bleak.”
He continued: “But you’re leaving out the great thing that Britain has to offer and that is all of the people and all of their efforts and their ability to solve problems. If you factor that in, I think the future is extremely positive, extremely bright.”