‘Brexit plan could kill US trade deal’

The US prez and Bri­tish PM in talks at coun­try re­treat Che­quers as wide­spread protests rage

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s plan for Brexit would “prob­a­bly kill” the prospects for a free trade deal with the United States, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said in an in­ter­view for The Sun’s Fri­day edi­tion.

“If they do a deal like that, we would be deal­ing with the Euro­pean Union in­stead of deal­ing with the UK, so it will prob­a­bly kill the deal,” said Trump, who be­gan a four-day visit to Bri­tain yes­ter­day.

In ex­tra­or­di­nary com­ments on Bri­tish pol­i­tics, Trump also said for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Boris John­son, who re­signed this week over the Brexit plan and is seen as a po­ten­tial chal­lenger to May, would make “a great prime min­is­ter”.

He added that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who au­tho­rised pro­test­ers to raise a gi­ant bal­loon show­ing a nappy-wear­ing Trump next to the Bri­tish par­lia­ment to­day, was do­ing a “ter­ri­ble job” in fight­ing crime.

Trump told the tabloid, Bri­tain’s best-sell­ing news­pa­per, that he would have gone about Brexit in a dif­fer­ent way. “I would have done it much dif­fer­ently. I ac­tu­ally told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t lis­ten to me. She wanted to go a dif­fer­ent route.

“I would ac­tu­ally say that she prob­a­bly went the op­po­site way. And that is fine. She should ne­go­ti­ate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is go­ing on.”

Re­fer­ring to the plan out­lined yes­ter­day in which Bri­tain would aim to keep strong ties in trad­ing of goods with the EU, he said: “The deal she is strik­ing is a much dif­fer­ent deal than the one the peo­ple voted on.

“It was not the deal that was in the ref­er­en­dum. I have just been hear­ing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of res­ig­na­tions. So a lot of peo­ple don’t like it,” he said.

May is fac­ing a re­bel­lion by Brexit hard­lin­ers over the pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing the res­ig­na­tion of John­son and Brexit min­is­ter David Davis.

Asked about John­son, Trump said: “I was very sad­dened to see he was leav­ing gov­ern­ment and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great rep­re­sen­ta­tive for your coun­try.” “I think he would be a great prime min­is­ter. I think he’s got what it takes,” he added.

Asked about Khan, a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion Labour Party, Trump was highly crit­i­cal of the London mayor. “Take a look at the ter­ror­ism that is tak­ing place. Look at what is go­ing on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on ter­ror­ism.

“I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the hor­ri­ble things go­ing on there, with all of the crime that is be­ing brought in,” he said.

‘The deal she [May] is strik­ing is a much dif­fer­ent deal than the one the peo­ple voted on’ Don­ald Trump

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A gi­ant blimp of Don­ald Trump as a baby floats in cen­tral London. It is part of a de­mon­stra­tion in Par­lia­ment Square, one of many tak­ing place across the UK.

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