Britain is in 'turmoil' and 'Putin may be the easiest' says Trump

Jack Taylor  Getty Images David Davis

Jack Taylor Getty Images David Davis

U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if it went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in a damaging intervention set to further criticism of her plans.

The Sun said the interview was conducted Thursday in Brussels, before Trump travelled to Britain.

Davis was replaced Monday with Dominic Raab, a lawmaker who strongly supports Britain's European Union exit.

With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit, facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free trade area for goods" with the EU. The news of the interview broke in tweets from a Sun reporter while Mr. Trump was at a gala with May to commemorate his visit.

"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on", Trump said.

Developments have moved quite fast since my piece last Sunday in which I outlined the United Kingdom government's new agreed policy of pursuing an extremely soft, even "name only" Brexit with the European Union in final negotiations which must be concluded before the United Kingdom final withdrawal from the E.U. on 29 March 2019. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", Trump told the tabloid.

Top European Union officials say Brexit is becoming a mess for Europe following the resignations of the U.K.'s chief Brexit negotiator and foreign secretary.

Trump had already cast doubt on May's Brexit plans earlier in the day after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defense spending. "Maybe I ll speak to him when I get over there".

Asked directly whether he thinks Johnson might someday replace May, he declined to comment, saying he wasn't interested in "pitting one against the other".

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Catherine McGuinness, head of policy for the City of London Corporation, said the proposals represented a "real blow" to finance firms.

"It has to reflect on the issues of the three red lines [leaving the single market; leaving the customs union; and ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice] which I believe most Conservative MPs want to see reinstated and it has got to come up with a position which accommodates that.

I think he is a great representative for your country".

In a near replay of their famous hand-holding at the White House, the president briefly took Mrs May's hand after arriving as they went up the stairs into the palace following a performance from a military band.

Dr Fox said he would be meeting Donald Trump during his visit to the UK. I know they have had a lot of resignations. I used to love London as a city.

"Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way".

The PM insisted that the deal she agreed with her Cabinet at Chequers last week "delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit" in the 2016 referendum.

"I said if there is a referendum and leave win the political establishment will do everything it possibly can to make it not happen".

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