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Boris warned UK facing ‘peril’ as Joe Biden doesn’t admire Brexit how Donald Trump did

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The President-elect, who has Irish ancestry, warned during his successful campaign against Donald Trump that a future UK-US trade deal with the US was “contingent” on the prevention of a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland. Mr Biden warned the Good Friday Agreement cannot “become a casualty of Brexit”. Douglas Murray explained that outgoing president Donald Trump wanted to give the UK a “full and generous trade deal”.

Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Murray said: “Donald Trump was never much-loved in the UK.

“His approval ratings among the British public rarely went above 25 percent.

“If he stood for election in the UK he wouldn’t have got into office.

“But for all of that, he was consistently a great friend and admirer of the UK.

“One thing in particular, he was exceptionally keen to negotiate a full and generous trade deal between the US and the UK as swiftly as possible.

“Those negotiations were underway. It’s my understanding they were not able to be finished before the election because of technical issues all trade deals entail.

“Now we see ourselves as a country in a potentially perilous position because the incoming administration of Joe Biden feels very differently about Brexit Britain.

“It doesn’t admire it in the way that Donald Trump did.”

It comes as controversial measures which tear up parts of the Brexit divorce agreement will not return to the Commons until the end of November at the earliest.

Peers, including dozens of senior Tories, voted to strip controversial clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill that would enable ministers to set aside key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the European Union, breaking an international treaty.

The Government has said that it still wants the measures, which have soured relations with the EU and the US president-elect Joe Biden, and MPs would be asked to put them back in the legislation.

But by delaying until the end of November, Boris Johnson will know whether progress has been made on a UK-EU trade deal which could take the heat out of the row with Brussels.

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On Monday night the Government suffered a 268-vote defeat over one element of the Bill, with 44 rebels including former Tory leader Lord Howard of Lympne, ex-Brexit minister Lord Bridges of Headley and former chief whip Lord Young of Cookham.

But Downing Street said the measures represented a “legal safety net” to ensure free-flowing trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have been consistently clear that the clauses represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market and the huge gains of the peace process.

“And we expect the House of Lords to recognise that we have an obligation to the people of Northern Ireland, to make sure that they continue to have unfettered access to the UK under all circumstances.”

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