Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump advised Theresa May to sue European Union on Brexit deal

Trump advised Theresa May to sue European Union on Brexit deal

May fronted up to the media, after a volatile visit from US President Donald Trump at the end of last week, in which Trump appeared to openly undermine her negotiating stance and praise former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned last Monday, as a future Prime Minister. She said it's a very - and she's right - it's a very complex problem, I think nobody had any idea how complex that was going to be. "But I liked her a lot". "Not go into negotiations - sue them".

The Good Morning Britain presenter is famously close with Trump after Morgan won Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, subsequently going on to become Trump's boardroom advisor on the series.

The US president landed on Air Force One at Stansted Airport at the start of a four-day trip that is expected to leave taxpayers with a police and security bill of up to £10m as swathes of protesters take to the streets.

He said he had told Mrs May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

He also said he thought she was heading down a path that veered away the British public's vote to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum.

Mr Davis, writing in the Sunday Times, said it was an "astonishingly dishonest claim" to say there is no worked-out alternative to Mrs May's plan.

May did not provide details of what sort of legal case the US president had in mind.

She said it would allow the United Kingdom to strike trade deals with other nations, end free movement of people, and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

"I gave her a suggestion and I think she found it too brutal", he said. He added it was up to May how to handle Brexit, as long as the U.S.

"During the press conference, the President also said not to back down".

The White Paper, which calls for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU that would be similar to the EU's Association Agreement with Ukraine, received a cautious welcome by Barnier and the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt.

"It seems like everybody wants me to", the newspaper quoted him as saying, in reply to a question from British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview given on Friday.

"Some people have asked whether our Brexit deal is just a starting point from which we will regress", she said. That has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who see it as a bad deal.

Mrs May urged Brexiteers in her own party to "keep their eye on the prize" of Brexit - and said her plan was the only workable way to deliver it.

She wrote in the Mail on Sunday that negotiators do not get to pick and choose the deal.

She acknowledged that some lawmakers had doubts about her plans to stick to a "common rule book" with the bloc for goods and agricultural products in return for free trade, without tariffs or border customs checks, but insisted she couldn't see a viable alternative.

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