Trump wades into Brexit row, saying it would be ‘terrible’ if Johnson plan blocked

The president and prime minister have long supported UK leaving Europe

Andrew Buncombe
Tuesday 24 September 2019 13:37
Donald Trump says it would be a 'terrible thing' if Brexit is blocked

Donald Trump has said it would be “terrible” if Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan was blocked – making the comments hours after an historic ruling against the prime minister by Britain’s top court.

Appearing alongside Mr Johnson on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the US president through his support behind his determination to leave the EU.

‘They have to get it done otherwise it will be a terrible thing to do it any other way,” Mr Trump said. “I don’t see another vote...I think they’re going to get it done.”

Mr Johnson was also asked for his reaction to the ruling of the Supreme Court that had said he was wrong to suspend parliament.

“As I said earlier on let’s be absolutely clear we respect the judiciary in our county we respect the court. I disagree profoundly with why they had to say. I think it was absolutely right to go ahead with a queen’s speech,” he said.

“This is the longest period we haven’t had a queen’s speech for 400 years. And frankly I think we need to get in with Brexit.”

Earlier, Mr Trump has said his speech to the UN General Assembly that other world leaders needed to join him in further isolating Tehran.

Boris Johnson says he 'strongly disagrees' with Supreme Court judgment

He pushed them to use economic sanctions to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear program and stop attacks that are rattling the Middle East.

“Not only is Iran the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, but Iran’s leaders are fuelling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen,” said Mr Trump.

“All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidise Iran’s bloodlust.”

Additional reporting by agencies

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