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Britons furious as Biden picks Brexit-hater for top US job – ‘We are NOT America’s poodle’

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Joe Biden, who will take over from Donald Trump next January, named Antony Blinken as his choice for secretary of state. Mr Blinken has been a longtime confidant of the President-elect, and has also expressed highly critical views of Brexit.

Mr Blinken, who served as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, once described Britain’s decision to exit the EU as a “total mess” and compared it to far-right Marine Le Pen’s rise in France.

Speaking on the Pod Save the World podcast, the American previously described the UK’s handling of Brexit as “the dog that caught the car and then the car goes into reverse and runs over the dog. It’s a total mess”.

He said “our interests would have been in keeping Britain in”.

Express.co.uk readers have reacted furiously to the news, as the UK has yet to agree a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

But many readers were optimistic that Mr Biden’s Presidency would not thwart the UK’s success once it had left the EU.

One person wrote: “Biden can pick who he wants, it will make no difference to the UK, trade is trade, and we have the rest of the world, plus four years is not long to wait until Biden is history.”

Another said: “Good for him… I hope he will be very happy with his Brexit hating buddy…

“Meanwhile the UK continues to progress without the help of this idiot!”

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A third fumed: “We are NOT AMERICAS POODLE if Joe doesn’t want to trade with the uk well ce la vie we are able to trade around the world with bigger friends than Joe, so bring it on!”

One user claimed anyone who opposes Brexit is also opposed to democracy.

They wrote: “If he hates Brexit he hates democracy.”

Another reader said: “Staying in the EU, would have been a ‘Blinkin mess’.”

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One reader said the UK should not fear Mr Blinken’s appointment, and suggested Britain should ditch hopes of a trade deal with the US altogether.

They wrote: “Are we supposed to be scared of this person.

“If that is the intent then its failed dramatically and to be honest I for one would not like a deal under Biden or the democrats, too biased for me and sane thinking people!”

Another person suggested Mr Blinken will be “powerless” to act on his anti-Brexit views.

They wrote: “Yes Blinken can voice his displeasure but ultimately is powerless to affect any meaningful political change in the UK, but he’s welcome to his beliefs.”

Boris Johnson has so far sought to prioritise a UK-US free trade agreement.

But his efforts may be about to hit a brick wall, as Mr Biden opposes Brexit and has reservations about the Prime Minister, who he once likened to a “physical and emotional clone” of Mr Trump.

The President-elect is likely to forge closer ties with the EU during his tenure, which could hamper the UK’s attempts to secure a prosperous trade deal with the US.

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