British Prime Minister Theresa May: President Trump Suggested Suing the EU

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2018

An accidental Prime Minister, stuck with a job that she did not choose for herself, May is faced with the dual task of negotiating with the European Union while at the same time not deviating much from the ultimate goal of Brexit for which almost 52% of the British population had given their nod.

She said the deal would end the free movement of people and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, while allowing the United Kingdom to make trade deals with other nations.

On July 12, the government published its long-anticipated White Paper on the UK's post-Brexit relations with the EU.

David Davis, who resigned as the UK's Brexit secretary, wrote in the Sunday Times that it was an "astonishingly dishonest claim" to say there is no worked-out alternative to May's plan.

"Oh I think we're going to have a great trade deal, I've really no doubt about it", Trump said in the interview. "Don't walk away from negotiations, cause then you're stuck, '" May told the BBC. "I said (to Mrs May) "make sure you have a carve out, you have to have a carve out" - where no matter what happens they have the right to make a deal with the U.S.".

"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.

"The chance to become a credible trading partner will be compromised and we will be unable to strike free trade deals".

Mr Trump, in an interview which was broadcast in full last night on ITV, allowed an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Air Force One while it was at Stansted airport in Essex. May, he contended, was "a Remainer who remains a Remainer".

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When pressed by Morgan about how his mother would feel, the president said of the visit, which has been plagued by protests, "She'd be very proud".

"We need to keep our eyes on the prize".

Mrs May's message comes ahead of crucial Commons votes on trade and customs policy in the coming week, with Tory Brexiteers tabling a series of amendments to the legislation. I say to the British people: "this will be your decision".

Currently, UK can not carry out deals with other countries as it pleases because it has to follow certain standards and regulations owing to its membership of the customs union.

Britain and the European Union would maintain a "common rulebook" for goods to ensure smooth trade including in agricultural, food and fisheries products. She said it would safeguard vital jobs in the aviation industry and keep Britain's tradition as a nation in the forefront of the aviation industry.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said Mrs May's "so-called plan" did not "stand up to scrutiny". They were proposed by the European Research Group, the research arm of May's Conservative Party which is headed by lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg. "This has descended into a shambles", he said.

"It is time for the British people to have their say", he said in January 2013.

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