Trump says Europe is 'being ripped apart' by Brexit

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

"I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", Trump said.

But he added "I think we will stay right in our lane", and stressed his belied that leaving the European Union remains in the best interest for the UK.

Trump's comments come just hours after he had seemingly handed the government a big boost, declaring in a tweet that a trade deal with the United Kingdom as having "unlimited" potential.

Trump said he planned to stay out of the negotiations.

Mr Trump also used Mr Varadkar's visit to the White House yesterday to warn Ireland and the EU the USA is "going to tariff a lot of their products coming in because the European Union treats us very, very unfairly".

He said he would like to see the "whole situation with Brexit work out", adding "we are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK".

Ahead of that make or break moment, U.S. president Trump gave his take on how well things are going. "The potential is unlimited!" Mr Trump said the "issue on the Border of Ireland is one of the most complex points". "There is every expectation in Washington that a U.S. -U.K. trade deal could be in place by the end of 2019 if Brexit goes forward this month and Britain successfully leaves the Customs Union".

After their private meeting, Mr Varadkar said it had been an opportunity for him to set out Ireland's position on Brexit, "particularly when it comes to the peace process".

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He also came out as against a second referendum, saying it would be unfair on those who voted to leave.

"I thought it would happen, it did happen, and both sides are very, very cemented in".

However, Trump was referring to his trip to his own luxury golf club in Scotland.

Trump, who holds himself up as a master deal-maker, said he had given Prime Minister Theresa May his ideas on how she could negotiate a successful deal for leaving the 28-member group of nations.

British lawmakers voted Thursday not to seek a do-over vote, at least for now.

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

"I hate to see it being, everything being ripped apart right now". Varadkar opposes Britain's European Union exit and expressed concern about how such a move would affect Northern Ireland. He said: "If they don't talk to us, we're going to do something pretty severe economically".

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