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Joe Biden to SNUB Britain and back ‘EU integration’ if elected president claims adviser

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The claim was made by Anthony Gardner, a former American ambassador to the EU, during an address in Germany. During his speech he also described Brexit as “the biggest own-goal that I’ve seen in my lifetime”.

Mr Gardner has been tipped as a potential US ambassador to Britain if Mr Biden is elected president.

Donald Trump by contrast has repeatedly praised Brexit and described Boris Johnson as his “friend”.

However the UK has yet to sign a new trade deal with the US.

On Tuesday Mr Biden made an address at Berlin’s ESMT business school.

According to the Sunday Telegraph he said: “If Biden is elected I believe quickly, perhaps first day, [there will be a] declaration of support for the European Union, declaration of support for European integration, declaration of support in favour of NATO, the lynchpin of transatlantic alliance, which has been weakened because of this administration’s policies.”

Mr Trump, who ahead of the 2016 presidential election described himself as “Mr Brexit”, clashed repeatedly with Brussels on trade.

During a CBS interview in 2018 he claimed “nobody treats us much worse than the European Union”.

The president added: “The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of us on trade, and that’s what they’ve done.”

Speaking in Berlin he said: “I won’t talk about Brexit, I’ve lived it, everyone’s bored by it, Europe needs to move on.

“It’s the biggest own-goal that I’ve seen in my lifetime.

“All of the analysis that we did under the Obama administration, which were intensive, we looked at all the areas of our interaction with Europe.

“Our conclusion was that in almost every area Brexit would be negative for the United States, for Europe and for the UK. That analysis I believe has proven to be correct.

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“Here’s a dramatic difference: Donald Trump has only believed that the US-UK link was important, he was a cheerleader for Brexit.

“Joe Biden believes that the triangle of relationships, US-UK, UK-EU, US and EU, all have to work together, and you will see statements to that effect.”

According to the Sunday Telegraph if Mr Biden becomes president he could embark on a mini tour of the EU in the spring of 2021.

There is no indication he will include a trip to the UK on his itinerary.

Mr Biden is currently the favourite to emerge victorious in Tuesday’s presidential election.

National polls give him a significant lead though it is tighter in a number of key battleground states.

 

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