Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump told me to sue the European Union, says May

Trump told me to sue the European Union, says May

"If they don't make the right deal she may do what I suggested but it's not an easy thing".

They believe that would leave the United Kingdom as a "rule-taker" from Brussels, and could thwart future trade deals with countries including the USA.

May on Sunday warned party rebels they should fall into line, saying wrecking her Brexit blueprint could result in disaster.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that there were strong feelings regarding the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

The British government has also stepped up planning for a so-called "no deal" Brexit that could spook financial markets and dislocate trade flows across Europe and beyond.

Former global development secretary Priti Patel, who is proposing one of four amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour the white paper had "many flaws around our independence and our ability to make free trade agreements".

Mr Trump plans to spend the weekend at the resort.

Mrs May said she has not seen any workable alternative to the White Paper - so voting against her legislation could lead to a "disorderly and damaging Brexit".

"The agreement contains no plan to protect our service industry and no plan to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland, and also puts forward the idea of "regulatory flexibility", which we all know is code for deregulation of our economy".

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In an interview with the British newspaper The Sun, President Trump claimed that May had essentially destroyed her chances of negotiating a free-trade deal with The United States.

"Not go into negotiations, sue them", she said. In his interview, Trump confirmed that he "recommended her something" but declined to say what he told May specifically.

During Friday's joint press conference with Prime Minister May, Trump announced that he provided May with a suggestion concerning Brexit that she apparently found "too brutal".

The demonstrators gathered at The Meadows, a park in the Scottish capital where a giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry orange baby floated in the air.

A giant inflatable "Trump baby" will be brought to Scotland to coincide with the U.S. president's visit over the weekend.

The former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is keeping the Tory leadership guessing over the timing of his intervention into the battle over Mrs May's push towards a "soft Brexit". "Everyone thought it was going to be 'Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens'". I'd rather not tell you what that option is, but I think she might.

However, in a sign of just how volatile the party has become, former education secretary Justine Greening - who backed Remain - denounced the plan, saying it offered the "worst of both worlds" and called for a second referendum.

As the Trade Bill returns to the Commons this week, there are some planning to vote for amendments that would tie us to a permanent customs union with the EU.

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