White House defends United Kingdom comments: Trump ‘likes and respects’ Theresa May

Irving Hamilton
July 13, 2018

The turmoil in May's government over Brexit has erupted as US President Donald Trump began a four-day visit to Britain on Thursday (Friday NZT) and nine months before the UK's departure from the EU.

Theresa May's long-awaited plan for Britain's future relationship with the European Union has met immediate resistance from Brexiteers in her own party, with Jacob Rees-Mogg declaring that it failed to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also resigned citing his disappointment with the proposals, which he said "stick in the throat".

Right after Theresa May released her full document on The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the European parliament shot it down.

Trump also lamented in the interview that May had ignored his advice on how to proceed with Brexit, for which the British voted in 2016. "Deals that take too long are never good ones", he said.

It also plans to allow certain types of freedom of movement but confirms that it will not allow the type of free access to Britain that is enjoyed by European Union member states now.

He added: "I would have done it much differently".

But he was greeted by laughter and jeers from some MPs as he told them: "I am confident that a deal is in reach, given the success of the Prime Minister and her negotiating team so far".

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But the plan has caused outrage among eurosceptic members of May's Conservative party, and Raab's predecessor David Davis and foreign minister Boris Johnson dramatically quit this week in protest.

While insisting that he thinks May is a nice person, President Trump dismissed a report from The Washington Post that he thinks of the prime minister as "a bossy schoolteacher". "I mean, the list goes on", he said.

"It's been a very hard week for the British government but from an Irish perspective and an European Union perspective we have been watching on and what you'll see is the European Union taking this seriously now", he said. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe", Mr. Trump said.

Activists inflate a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby in north London on July 10, 2018 ahead of a demonstration in London to coincide with the visit of the US president.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly", he said. Many thousands of Britons are expected to protest against Mr Trump in London and other cities. Arriving via helicopter the couple were then driven by presidential limousine onto the property, where they were welcomed by Ms May and her husband Philip.

On Thursday night, several protesters gathered outside Winfield House, where Trump is staying, banging pots and blowing vuvuzelas in the hopes of keeping him awake. Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. Look at what is going on in London. I think she is a nice person.

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"The sector has been clear since the referendum: Equivalence in its current form is not fit for goal so any "enhancements" to this regime would have to be substantial", McGuinness said. I think you are losing your culture.

Trump personally criticized May's handling of Brexit, saying that her so-called soft-Brexit approach went "the opposite way" to what he had recommended and that it was "very unfortunate".

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