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Trump says May is doing Brexit wrong, threatening United States trade deal

U.K. cabinet meeting A Cabinet meeting can be seen in London on Tuesday
Nellie Chapman | 13 July, 2018, 10:47

Two years ago, Khan first crossed Trump's radar by criticizing his call for a ban on Muslim immigration to the US.

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis resigned yesterday (8 July) in a major blow for Prime Minister Theresa May as she struggles to unite her party behind a plan to retain strong economic ties to the European Union even after leaving the bloc.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump told The Sun in an interview published on Friday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who signed off on the so-called "Trump Baby" blimp, defended the decision Thursday, arguing the protests were not anti-American.

The government will also seek mutual recognition of professional qualifications, it adds.

It would also make free trade deals with countries with different standards, like the US, much less likely.

"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on", Trump said. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.

"She wanted to go a different route". I never said anything bad about her. And that is fine. It just about hangs together - but there is no doubt May will need to make compromises on certain aspects when she next sits down with Brussels negotiators.

The UK Government has published its long-anticipated Brexit white paper earlier today, proposing the establishment of a free trade area for goods between the UK and the European Union. "It was not the deal that was in the referendum".

Mr Trump's four-day visit will be met by protests and last night Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the government for welcoming the president with a "red carpet welcome".

'I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly, ' he said. "So a lot of people don't like it", he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister was accused by Leave Means Leave of having "completely ignored the concerns raised at Chequers" over her super-soft Brexit proposals, despite "resignation after resignation, humiliating polls and a damning public indictment".

May has insisted that her Brexit plan will allow Britain to strike its own lucrative trade deals with countries like the U.S. after her country has left the bloc as planned in March next year.

Before the Sun interview was published, May invoked Winston Churchill as she addressed Trump and business leaders at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the grand 18th century country house that was the birthplace of the British World War Two leader. "If they do that, then their trade deal with the USA will probably not be made", he said.

But Trump poured cold water on May's offer.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania arrived at Stansted airport, where he was met by the UK's global trade secretary Liam Fox.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.

But Mr Trump said the prime minister is a "very good person" denying claims he called her a bossy schoolteacher, or said she was boring.

He landed at Stansted Airport Thursday afternoon and was whisked by helicopter to Winfield House, the American diplomatic residence in London.

An inflatable mockup of Trump in a nappy will also fly next to the British parliament.

"I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

Trump, who is making his first presidential visit to Britain, told the Sun newspaper he had advised May on how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

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