BORIS JOHNSON is likely to take a “leading role” in the UK’s surprising last act as part of the EU, according to an exclusive Express.co.uk interview with a political expert.
By Kate Nicholson
The Prime Minister finally managed to push his Brexit deal through the House of Commons on Thursday. It will now be debated in the House of Lords, before Mr Johnson looks towards completing a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU by the end of December. However, Brexit is not the only issue occupying EU leaders at the moment.
The failure of the first international deal brokered by the bloc as a whole – the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal intended to stop Iran building an atomic weapon – has undermined the strength and credibility of the EU.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in May 2018, calling for harsher sanctions. The deal unravelled even further when Iran announced it would no longer abide by the agreement this week.Along with the recent acts of antagonism between the US and Iran, many heads of state have been left on tenterhooks about a violent escalation. Promoted Story
Yet, an exclusive Express.co.uk interview with Iranian expert and political journalist Sadeq Saba revealed that it might be Mr Johnson who breaks this international deadlock, before the UK finally leaves the EU.
Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)
Johnson and von der Leyen met earlier this week to discuss a future trade deal (Image: Getty)
Mr Saba explained that now the Iranian deal has “collapsed”, President Trump will be pushing for European countries to support him in isolating Tehran.
Mr Saba added: “I think Britain and Boris Johnson will take on a leading role in making the US achieve these initiatives and his policies to isolate Iran more, especially at this time when Britain is in the process of leaving Europe.”
This followed an address about Iran earlier this week, US President Donald Trump urged the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China “to recognise” that Iran “must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism”.
The President continued: “[These countries] must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal, or JCPOA, and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.”