'Mr No Deal': Johnson, Tusk spar on Brexit at G7

No Boris Johnson isn’t the British Trump. But someone in UK politics is—or at least is trying to

No Boris Johnson isn’t the British Trump. But someone in UK politics is—or at least is trying to

"There remain very considerable barriers in the USA to British businesses which are not widely understood", he said, adding that he had raised this in telephone discussions with Trump, and would do so again when they meet for bilateral talks on Sunday morning.

"I still hope that PM Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal", said Mr Tusk, who leads the political direction of the 28-nation European Union.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) ahead of a working dinner at the G7.

His comments come after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA could see Britain as a "junior partner" in a position of "historic vassalisation".

During a press briefing in Berlin, Merkel said a solution could be found in establishing "absolute clarity" on the EU-UK future relationship.

But his frosty exchanges with Tusk - which took place a day before the pair hold bilateral talks at the summit - gave an indication of the mountain to climb if they hope to reconcile their positions in barely two months.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said that USA digital giants needed to be taxed "fairly and properly" in a growing dispute with the United States over taxing the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Also on Sunday, Johnson will meet European Council President Donald Tusk, who earlier this week refused the former's proposal to scrap the backstop plan for the Irish border.

This is because there will not be any of the costs associated with any transition period, the newspaper said.

"There are a large range of alternative arrangements - these we will be discussing in the coming weeks", Johnson told reporters.

"I am confident that they will understand that their historic function is to respect the will of the people, the democratic mandate", he said.

"I'm very anxious about the way it's going, the growth of protectionism, of tariffs that we're seeing", Johnson said as he arrived at the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz, where he was to make his full global debut as Britain's premier.