Bolton Says U.S. Strongly Backs Brexit Even if No EU Deal Is Reached Trump’s national security adviser held meetings in London on trade, defense Aug. 12, 2019 https://www.wsj.com/articles/bolton...xit-even-if-no-eu-deal-is-reached-11565636871 LONDON—President Trump’s national security adviser said he told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the administration would strongly support the U.K.’s exit from the European Union in late October—deal or no deal. John Bolton was the highest level U.S. official to meet with Mr. Johnson during a visit Monday to London. Mr. Bolton held meetings with the country’s new government looking to kick-start trade and defense talks and convey the administration’s support amid uncertainty about what Britain’s exit from the EU would look like. Mr. Bolton told reporters that if Mr. Johnson decided to exit from the EU without a deal on Oct. 31, “We are supporting that enthusiastically.” He said he told British officials: “That’s what I’m trying to convey. We’re with you, we’re with you.” Mr. Johnson’s rising threats to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal by the Oct. 31 deadline have increased the once-remote prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Officials on both sides have revived planning aimed at reducing disruption ranging from information campaigns, planning of emergency transport for essentials like medicines to accelerated hiring of customs officers. A spokesperson for Mr. Johnson said he joined a meeting at Downing Street between senior officials and Mr. Bolton, in which they discussed “the close U.K.-U.S. trading relationship and our shared commitment to an ambitious free-trade agreement once the U.K. leaves the EU.” Mr. Trump has been an outspoken advocate for Britain’s exit from the EU and criticized former Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of talks. The negotiations are in their third year following a referendum in which British voters narrowly backed leaving the EU. Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised Mr. Johnson, suggesting he would do well as Britain’s head of government. Messrs. Trump and Johnson also spoke by telephone Monday—their third conversation in less than three weeks since Mr. Johnson became prime minister. The two men are scheduled to meet later this month in France at the Group of 7 summit. Adhering to the wishes of the Brexit referendum “is a statement about democratic rule and a statement of government,” Mr. Bolton said. “That’s important for Britain but important for the United States too.” The EU has said the separation deal reached with Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, but rejected by U.K. lawmakers three times, isn’t up for negotiation. Mr. Bolton said that British officials were hoping for a “sector-by-sector” focus on trade discussions, with their priorities focused on financial services and some aspects of trade, such as manufactured goods.