May's Brexit plan to scupper Britain-US trade deal

Saul Bowman
July 18, 2018

US President Donald Trump told Theresa May she should sue the European Union instead of negotiating a Brexit deal, the British prime minister said.

During Friday's joint press conference with Prime Minister May, Trump announced that he provided May with a suggestion concerning Brexit that she apparently found "too brutal".

Mrs May revealed the USA president's advice on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

THERESA MAY was told by Donald Trump she should go to court to make Brussels give her a good Brexit deal.

May also defended her blueprint that was issued on July 12 for Brexit and urged her critics to back it.

In her interview with the BBC on Sunday, May reiterated that the United Kingdom will end free movement of labour, will exit the Customs Union and will end European Court of Justice jurisdiction.

Two top pro-Brexit ministers, Boris Johnson and David Davis, quit in protest last week followed by a string of junior walkouts, including two more on Monday.

"I would have done it much differently", he told the Sun. "But no, we are going to negotiate", the Prime Minister said.

Johnson, warned Monday that the Brexit "dream is dying" and Britain is "headed for the status of colony" with May's plan to stay close to the EU.

Asked to rate US-UK relations, Mr Trump called them the "highest level of special".

With less than nine months to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 29 March, 2019, the country, the political elite and business leaders are still deeply divided over what form Brexit should take.

Another pro-EU lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who has led previous efforts to get the government to soften its Brexit stance, said the party needed to accept compromises "or accept that Brexit can not be implemented and think again about what we are doing".

It wasn't exactly clear what Trump meant, but the revelation capped a series of explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May's leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

There had been speculation that Trump had advised May to ask for more than she wanted in the negotiations, or even withhold the so-called "divorce payment" for leverage in the talks.

May said the plan outlined in the white paper honors the wishes of British voters - who in June 2016 backed Brexit with 52 percent of the vote - while protecting industry and national security.

Trump left Britain on Sunday after visiting with May, though his criticism of her plans seemed to overshadow attempts to secure a post-Brexit bilateral relationship.

Aside from the latest Brexit developments, Martin, a veteran Socialist MEP, said the time is ripe for a second referendum; "The general election proves there is no appetite for a hard Brexit - and now is the ideal time to change our minds".

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