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13 Jul 2018

Brexit plan would "probably kill" free-trade deal with US: Trump

May's Brexit plan could kill US trade-deal: Trump

United States President Donald Trump, in an interview for The Sun's Friday edition, said British PM Theresa May's plan for Brexit would "probably kill" the prospects for a free-trade deal with the US.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK," said Trump, who began a four-day visit to Britain yesterday.

In context

May's Brexit plan could kill US trade-deal: Trump

Trump's extraordinary comments on British politics

In extraordinary comments on British politics, Trump also said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who resigned this week over the Brexit plan and is seen as a potential challenger to May, would make "a great prime minister".

Apparently May didn't agree with Trump's words on Brexit

Disagreement

Apparently May didn't agree with Trump's words on Brexit

Trump said he would have gone about Brexit in a different way.

"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree. She wanted to go a different route," he said.

He added that she probably went the opposite way.

"And that is fine. She should negotiate the best way she knows. But what's going on is too bad," Trump said.

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Trump is not the only one strongly disagreeing with May

May is facing a rebellion by Brexit hardliners over the proposals, including the resignation of Johnson and Brexit-minister David Davis.

People not happy

Trump claims May going against the deal people voted for

Referring to the plan outlined yesterday in which Britain would aim to keep strong-ties in trading of goods with the EU, Trump said, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on."

He said he has been hearing that the deal was not in the referendum and thus a lot of people don't like it.

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