General election 2019: Boris Johnson warns Donald Trump against election endorsement

Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson visits Chulmleigh College while campaigning for the general election in Chulmleigh Devon southwest England on Thursday. — AFP

Boris Johnson To Trump: Stay Out Of Our Elections

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that it would be really great if US President Donald Trump does not get involved in Britain's election when he will visit London for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit next week.

The Conservative Party is now leading the polls ahead of the 12 December general election, with Trump's third visit to the country expected to take place between 2 and 4 December.

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures during a general election campaign event in York, Britain, Dec. 1, 2019.

Protests have been planned against the president to coincide with a banquet at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen will host him.

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After three missed deadlines, Britain is due to leave the European Union on January 31, but the country remains divided and increasingly polarized about its future.

Labour head Jeremy Corbyn has always been criticising the Conservative Party's post-Brexit plans for the country's National Health Service (NHS), suggesting that the election of a Tory prime minister would damage the British people's access to free healthcare due to privitising its services.

He has hailed Johnson, who took over in July threatening to walk away from talks with Brussels, as "exactly what the United Kingdom has been looking for".

Trump did have some criticism for Johnson's Brexit deal, claiming it hinders trade with the US. On the eve of the British election, though, Trump wasn't circumspect, saying Corbyn "would be so bad" for Britain and describing his " friend" Boris Johnson as "the exact right guy for the times".

On Wednesday, UK main opposition Labour accused PM Johnson of plotting a "toxic" deal with Trump to allow USA pharmaceutical companies access to the state health service.

"The NHS will not be on the table in any future trade deal and the price that the NHS pays for drugs will not be on the table", said the Conservatives' Liz Truss, the current worldwide trade secretary.

At the other end of the political spectrum, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, a Trump ally and friend, is also hoping Trump's visit will benefit him and give a lift to his flagging electoral prospects.

During a phone-in on Farage's radio show last month, Trump suggested he and Johnson form an electoral pact - something the Tories have strongly rejected.

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