Trump’s backing of no deal Brexit should strike fear into the heart of EU, says TIM NEWARK

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When the going gets tough, it’s good to know who your friends are and John Bolton, US National Security Adviser, has made it clear that the world’s biggest economy is keen to fix a trade deal with the UK sector by sector to avoid delays.

“We see the importance and urgency of doing as much as we can agree on as rapidly as ­possible,” he says, “because of the impending October 31 exit date.” It’s a clever response to the doomsayers who moan that trade deals take years to ­negotiate. We clearly share ­similar values over many aspects of trade, so why not shelve the difficult bits and speedily gain easier access to each other’s markets? It’ll give a lift to our economy post-Brexit and could set the tone for other rapid trade deals with major economies. 

Such a commitment should shake smug Brussels bureaucrats into getting real over our exit deal and ditching the Irish backstop.

But we may already have got beyond that point as No Deal with such a crucial back-up trade agreement is looking increasingly attractive.

Especially as we get to keep our £39billion the EU is desperate to get their hands on. 

It could also signal a ­significant shift in international relations in which we’ll be more inclined to back America over Iran and China.

EU foreign ­policy has always been much less effective in dealing with malevolent powers and President Trump’s tough stance deserves fuller support. 

The EU, and Germany in ­particular is woefully dependent on Russian energy thanks to its green policies, whereas America’s energy independence, thanks to its booming shale gas economy, means it is the only major power to stand up to the international bullies.

Mr Bolton’s pledge comes hard on the heels of 45 American senators signing a joint declaration saying that they are willing to back Brexit whatever ­happens. 

“If Britain leaves the EU with no deal, we will work with our administration, your Govern­ment and our friends in the EU to minimise disruptions in ­critical matters,” they assured us.

That’s the kind of positive practical help we can expect from our leading allies – rather than the obstructive attitude we face from across the Channel. 

It’s a gift horse we really shouldn’t look in the mouth as our two governments are in rare alignment for once.

Who can forget President Barack Obama, below with David Cameron, telling us we’d be at the back of the queue for trade deals if we voted Leave?

Plus Theresa May wasn’t exactly on the same wavelength as President Donald Trump.

Now we have two blonds in the top jobs who share a fearless point of direction for our great nations. 

Both President Trump and Mr Bolton share Brexiteer disdain for the high-handed attitude of the EU.

“The fashion in the European Union when the people vote the wrong way from the way that the elites want to go,” says the top US official, “is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right.” 

That is a democratic deficit that offends both President Trump and his like-minded team.

So a successful Brexit is “very much in our interest”, says Mr Bolton.

The US President has been under siege ever since his shock victory in 2016 by a liberal elite establishment that will just not accept the choice of the US people. 

All that said, when it comes to striking a trade deal, our shared interests should not blind us to the reality that President Trump will want to get the very best deal for the US.

America First is his mantra and he has already shown he is willing to play hardball if he feels the balance of trade is wrong. 

He will put chlorinated chicken on the table and want to have increased access to all our markets currently fortified by EU regulations.

But we are already eating chlorine-washed salad and don’t have an issue with that.

Just so long as such treated produce is labelled clearly, it’s up to the consumer whether they want to eat it or not. 

In reality, it is yet another scare story from increasingly desperate Remainers wanting to demonise any treaty with the US.

Still, the beauty of Bolton’s proposal of a trade deal pursued piece by piece ensures that any controversy can be avoided early on in favour of quick gains and a forward momentum that paints a positive picture of our post-Brexit future. 

President Trump the arch deal-maker knows that it is in both our political interests for this transatlantic relationship to prosper so that he may well give us a more generous pact just in order to exacerbate the weakening position of the EU. 

Funnily enough, by backing us, he may end up getting ­better trade terms from the EU.

Now that’s what’s called leverage. 

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