May says Trump told her to sue the European Union over Brexit

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump told UK Prime Minister Theresa May she should sue the European Union, rather than go into negotiations with them. "Not go into negotiations - sue them".

During the interview, May laughed off the president's legal action suggestion, saying she would carry on with negotiations, but added: "Interestingly, what the president also said at that press conference was "don't walk away". The president then used a news conference with May to walk back his previous comments, saying he understood that the advice he gave her was "a little bit tough".

"This is a good deal for the UK".

He added that it was "too bad what is going on", and that her ultra-soft Brexit plans would "probably kill" a British-American trade agreement by leaving the European Union with too much control over Britain's economy for a deal to be made.

On the prospects of a trade deal collapsing, he added: "I think it's worse for United Kingdom than it is for us because we're doing very well, and we're doing very well at trade, and we're doing incredibly well overall, and we're having the best numbers we've ever had as a country -best employment numbers, best GDP numbers".

She said such rules were needed to protect jobs in firms with supply chains that crossed borders and deal with the Irish border issue. But we should also prepare for no deal.

"I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", May said.

"Everyone thought it was going to be "Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens", he said.

"By working closely together, government and industry have ensured we remain at the forefront of civil aviation and that our air power is second to none", May will say.

The 104-page document calls for close economic ties with the bloc through a new free trade area, as well as a "common rulebook" for goods. Both of those are unacceptable.

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"That's not what the British people voted for".

"Faced with that we had an option".

Businesses have been getting increasingly frustrated about the lack of clarity over future trading relations less than nine months before Brexit day on March 29, 2019.

More wobbles, after the high-profile resignations, could leave the prime minister in a very fragile position.

"But also I have got to be hard-headed and practical about this and do it in a way that ensures we get the best interests for the United Kingdom".

Since setting out the five tests for a Brexit deal in her Mansion House speech, Mrs May had been "in a headlong retreat but in an oddly secretive manner", Mr Rees-Mogg said.

"No department was cut out of these discussions".

More anti-Trump protests took place in other parts of Scotland, including one with some 10,000 people in Edinburgh. "And I think it probably would have worked", Trump said.

She added: "David Davis was discussing with Michel Barnier".

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