Trump trashes May's Brexit plans and hails Boris Johnson as future PM

13 July, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • French politician Michel Barnier refused to comment on the political crisis in London following the resignations of Davis replaced by Brexit supporter Dominic Raab and of foreign secretary Boris Johnson replaced by health minister Jeremy Hunt

The president said on Tuesday, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom". "But it is too bad what is going on", the president said.

In an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper published just hours before he was due to have lunch with May and tea with Queen Elizabeth, Trump chided the "very unfortunate" results of May's Brexit negotiation.

The Sun said the interview was conducted Thursday in Brussels, before Trump travelled to Britain.

Mrs May is still pressing on with her Brexit plan despite the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Trump suggested that May's plan for a "soft Brexit", agreed to by her Cabinet last week, could jeopardise the UK-US trade deal, expected to be negotiated by the two leaders today.

Theresa May and Donald Trump enter Blenheim Palace for a dinner hosted by the British prime minister on the first day of the USA president's visit to Britain.

"I told May how to do Brexit but she wrecked it - the USA trade deal is off", The Sun quoted him as saying.

'The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for'.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit", he told reporters.

"The EU is in an extremely strong negotiating position and we will end up, quite unbelievably, with an even worse deal than that set out in this white paper".

For pro-EU MPs and City of London figures, the proposal doesn't keep the United Kingdom close enough to the single market, as there is no mention of single market treatment for services. "That is exactly what we will do".

He added that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister", saying "I think he's got what it takes".

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"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point", Trump said.

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Trump planned to meet with May again Friday for lunch and the two were scheduled to hold a joint press conference.

Some Brexit supporters have cast May's Brexit plan as a betrayal, including MPs in her own deeply-divided party who have warned of a leadership challenge.

Speaking to, independent MEP Nathan Gill said: "Whatever model we present to the European Union it is likely they will reject it unless they have co-authored it".

Around £1.4 trillion (US$1.85 billion) of assets are managed in Britain for European clients, the government's "white paper" noted, and the City hosts most of the EU's trading for banks and insurance companies.

At its heart is a proposal for a new U.K. -EU "free trade area", with interlinked customs regimes, and identical regulations for industrial goods and agri-food. Time is running out to reach an exit agreement by the self-imposed October deadline, and Mrs May's plan has nothing new about the critical issue that is holding up progress: Avoiding customs checks at the border with Ireland.

But services including financial services such as accounting and insurance account for three-quarters of the British economy.

The plan also seeks to keep Britain in major EU agencies, including the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Medicines Agency and the police agency Europol.

Meanwhile, access to the one-stop-shop mechanism - which allows organisations to deal with just one authority - would "avoid unnecessary complexity and duplication" and ensure European Union citizens could enforce their rights across borders.

"I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad", he said.

The City of London and TheCityUK have been lobbying the government for months to back their mutual recognition plan even though European Union officials dismissed it because it offers the benefits of the single market without obligations or costs.



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