Brexit: Boris Johnson is ‘dividing EU’ says Katya Adler
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Conservative MPs vying for the Prime Minister position have now been whittled down to a list of 10. A secret ballot took place in the House of Commons yesterday, which saw Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper booted from contention. The final candidates are Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Rory Stewart.
Which Tory leadership candidate would work best with Donald Trump?
Mr Trump called Boris Johnson a "friend" in his, most recent visit to the UK, along with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
But how well the special relationship functions depends on more than just personality.
Two experts offered their opinions to express.co.uk on who would mesh best with Donald Trump.
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Alex de Ruyter, a professor at Birmingham City University's Centre for Brexit Studies, said Boris Johnson would be the obvious choice.
However, he notes the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip is yet to open up on his intentions for the UK-US relationship.
He told Express.co.uk: "Trump claims to favour Boris Johnson and there are many similarities in style, although Gove has interviewed Trump and would claim to work well with him.
"As to economic policy, for the purposes of Brexit, this would revolve around securing a trade deal."
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"This is a big issue here as most candidates have stated they are dead set against allowing US companies into the NHS, whilst Gove has said he wants to see UK environmental and food standards maintained.
"Whether these would be sacrificed for the sake of a trade agreement, of course, remains to be seen.
"Notably, Johnson has stayed silent on these issues, although he is now under increased pressure to take part in TV debates so as to face public scrutiny."
Tim Focas, director of financial services for Westminster based think tank Parliament Street, says Dominic Raab's low tax agenda mirrors Donald Trump's.
Dominic Raab’s tax policy mirrors Trump’s (Image: GETTY)
Donald Trump’s fiscal policy will play well with his voter base come 2020 (Image: GETTY)
He said: "Economically, Dominic Raab's pledge to slash tax for millions of low-paid Brits certainly chimes well with Trump's low tax agenda.
"Aside from tariffs, it is hard to think of many areas where the two would not be economically aligned.
"In contrast, Boris Johnson's proven track record of switching from one policy stance to another doesn't really match Trump's direct approach.
"Whatever anyone says about the President, no one can say that he hasn't delivered economic policies that have benefited his core voter base."
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