Malloch Says He May Hear Soon Whether He’s Trump’s EU Envoy Pick

  • U.K.-based professor says other countries may quit EU
  • U.S.-U.K. trade deal could be model for other EU countries

Ted Malloch, a U.K.-based professor who’s tipped to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the European Union, suggested he may hear soon about the posting.

“I’ve been in Trump Tower and I’m going to the inauguration,” Malloch told BBC radio on Monday. “Maybe there will be more then.”

Trump will be sworn in as president on Friday. The president-elect supported Britain’s vote in June to leave the 28-nation EU and told the Times on Monday that he thinks other countries will leave the bloc. Malloch agreed.

“On their own accord there are at least three or four maybe more European countries who would like to have a referendum and we’ll see what their populations say,” he said. Asked whether the breakup of the EU is a good thing, Malloch said: “Is it a good thing for the U.K. you’ve had your referendum? It looks like Brexit is Brexit and you’ll be moving ahead, maybe a different economic model as the chancellor says. It could be more Singaporean in terms of its orientation, entrepreneurial, free-trade orientated. I don’t think these are bad things. The world economy, the world geopolitical economy is changing.”

Trump told the Times he plans to quickly pursue a trade deal with the U.K., a boost to British Prime Minister Theresa May who has said she wants to seize the opportunities provided by Brexit to make Britain an outward-looking country that promotes free trade.

Malloch said the U.S. could use the stumbling Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, an attempted U.S.-EU trade deal, as a basis for any British deal. That could then be offered up as a model for other bilateral agreements with EU nations, he said. That would go against EU rules.

“You start at the lowest level and you see where it goes; you could build up. TTIP would be a place to probably originate the conversation. It’s the EU deal on a bilateral basis,” he said. “The idea of offering such a deal negotiated on a bilateral basis to other European countries is an ingenious one and it also circumvents a certain bureaucratic organization called the European Union.”

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