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Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2019, 02:21

Johnson's office said the prime minister and U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser "spoke about Brexit and a range of other issues - including Iran, Hong Kong and 5G" network security.

However, they have not yet agreed on a single strategy, and the Institute for Government warned on Sunday that MPs opposed to no-deal may "find few opportunities to make their move - and time is running out".

Johnson's spokesman said the Britain wanted the Hong Kong government to engage with all parties in constructive dialogue.

A strategy document leaked to the Times shows that Johnson's opponents in parliament believe they can torpedo his contentious plan to push through a no-deal Brexit and compel him to hold a general election before the United Kingdom has left the EU. People say they are asleep but I can assure you they're highly professional and they are ready.

The two leaders are to meet later this month at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

A senior Trump administration official, describing Bolton's message to British officials, said Trump "wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union" and that a trade deal would help Britain.

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Mr Bolton also referenced Mr Johnson's willingness to participate in Operation Sentinel, which aims to beef up the military presence in the Gulf in the face of tensions between the West and Iran, saying he was "pleased" as this "reflects a change from the prior government".

The sources' comments echoed a promise a year ago by the head of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the ultra-secretive electronic eavesdropping agency based in Cheltenham, that Brexit would not disrupt dealings with European Union counterparts.

John Bolton met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

Johnson is seeking a deal with the European Union but has not ruled out suspending parliament to prevent lawmakers' attempts to block a no-deal exit. "We very much want a deal, but we're also clear about what needs to be achieved in order to secure that".

While many decisions that impact the US-UK relationship won't be made in the near term as the UK maintains focus on Brexit, the official said that Iran could require action more quickly. "[The prime minister] wants to achieve a deal, but if we can not achieve a deal, then it needs to be as orderly a Brexit as possible".