Boris Johnson faces his own Iranian nightmare

Press quote (Bloomberg)
07 January 2020

“The problem for the UK now is that it doesn’t want to be isolated,” says Ian Bond, a former British diplomat who’s director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform. “In economic terms, Boris Johnson is looking for a quick something that he can announce on trade with Trump, even if it would be meaningless and there will be a lot of problematic areas. If he offends Trump he’s less likely to get it.”

...“Johnson will do his best to ride two horses,” says the CER’s Bond. “He won’t want to irritate the Americans. But equally, on the substance, he is closer to the European center of gravity than he is to Donald Trump’s view.”