US would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit: Trump adviser

In this photo taken on March 29, 2019, a pro-Brexit demonstrator holds a British flag with the words "Leave Means Leave" in front of the Winston Churchill statue in London.
In this photo taken on March 29, 2019, a pro-Brexit demonstrator holds a British flag with the words "Leave Means Leave" in front of the Winston Churchill statue in London.PHOTO: AP

LONDON (REUTERS) - The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, US national security adviser John Bolton told reporters on Monday (Aug 12).

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the European Union to renegotiate the terms of Britain exit ahead of an Oct 31 exit date, but the EU says it will not alter the part of the deal Johnson says must be changed.

The impasse leaves Britain facing an exit without any formal transition period or legal agreement covering issues such as trade, data and border policy.

"If that is the decision of the British government we would support it enthusiastically," he said.

Bolton also said Britain and the United States could agree trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving more difficult areas in the trading relationship until later.

He said the ultimate aim was a comprehensive trade deal, but highlighted that financial services could be one of the more difficult industries to reach an agreement on.