Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Theresa May says Trump told her to 'sue the EU' over Brexit

Theresa May says Trump told her to 'sue the EU' over Brexit

"Actually, no, we're going into negotiations with them".

Revealing the surprising suggestion on the BBC's Andrew Marr program on Sunday, May appeared to stifle what appeared to be a chuckle of disbelief at Trump's outlandish idea.

It came as she defended her Brexit strategy and warned rebel Tories calling for a clean break that they could derail the process altogether.

The White Paper document draws on the idea of a common rulebook, which would involve a free trade area for goods with the European Union while having more flexibility on service industries.

He praised the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson - who he said would make a good prime minister - and said that her Brexit plan would probably kill the possibility of a trade deal with Washington. "Interestingly, what the president also said ... was, 'Don't walk away, don't walk away from negotiations, because then you are stuck, ' " May said.

Mrs May laughed off Mr Trump's tip - pointing out that he also publicly advised her during Friday's joint press conference to keep negotiating instead of walking away from the table.

"We would make a great deal with the United Kingdom because they have product that we like", Trump said.

"I would have done it much differently".

Hours later, however, he said a US-UK trade deal would "absolutely be possible".

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He told the BBC's Sunday Politics: "The government unfortunately believes that Brexit is not a good thing in itself, it seems to think it has to be tempered by non-Brexit".

Mrs May denied that Mr Davis, the former Brexit secretary, had been "cut out" of the plan and therefore had no choice but to resign.

Ms Elliott, who is originally from Virginia, said she is hopeful there could be a state visit by Mr Trump next year.

Another hard week awaits May, who is rumoured to face calls of a confidence vote over the leadership of her Conservative party.

She's still got a bumpy path ahead, with both the trade and customs bills, two key pieces of Brexit legislation, back in the Commons.

This morning, May revealed that advice was to sue the EU. We need to use Trump to draw attention to our own country, not just say "it's over there, we are safe, we are fine and in some ways superior". That would be damaging to our "no deal" preparations. "The prize is delivering leaving the European Union in a way that's in our national interest".

She said her nation was determined to continue negotiations aimed at an amicable split that would allow for some ties to remain.

While May was dismissive of Trump's suggestion to launch legal proceedings against Brussels, she did highlight his concerns over "no deal" with Brussels.

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