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Trump wades into UK election, again

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Trump wades into UK election, again

Trump wades into UK election, again

U.S. President Trump on Sunday urged British Prime Minister Johnson and Brexit Party leader Farage to come together ahead of a December 12 snap election, to safeguard prospects for expanded U.S.-UK trade after Brexit.

Michelle Hennessy reports.


Trump wades into UK election, again

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "What I'd like to see is for Nigel and Boris to come together." U.S. President Trump has again waded into British politics - urging Prime Minister Johnson and Brexit Party leader Farage to join forces.

The bickering between two of the most notable pro-Brexit figures, is threatening to split the pro-leave vote in December twelfth's election.

Speaking on the White House lawn, Trump doubled-down on his efforts to bring the two Eurosceptics together - and safeguard better trade between the US and UK after Brexit.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "If you do it a certain way, we're prohibited from trading with the UK.

That would be very bad for the UK because we can do much more business than the European Union." The two British lawmakers have wanted out of the EU, but are at loggerheads over how exactly to deliver it.

Nigel Farage said his newly-founded Brexit Party will be fighting to bring down Boris Johnson's divorce deal.

A deal that he says threatens trade with the US and other parts of the world.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BREXIT PARTY LEADER, NIGEL FARAGE, SAYING: "I'm going to say this to Boris Johnson: drop the deal.

Drop the deal because it's not Brexit." Johnson - in turn - has already rejected Farage's call to drop what he calls a fantastic deal.

But if the Brexit Party does manage to take enough votes away from the ruling Conservatives it could split the pro-leave vote in some seats, and hand victory to Labour.

Incidentally - that's something that the U.S. President has also warned against.

Saying Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be - quote - "so bad" for Britain.

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