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Donald Trump deals crushing Brexit blow to Theresa May by declaring her plan will 'kill' a US trade deal

Mirror logo Mirror 13/07/2018 Dan Bloom

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Donald Trump dealt a crushing blow to Theresa May Thursday night by declaring her soft Brexit plan will "kill" a US-UK trade deal.

The US President shoved the Prime Minister to the back of the queue despite her begging for trade as she threw a lavish welcome party for his four-day visit to Britain.

The President also said Boris Johnson "would be a great Prime Minister" because he's "got what it takes", Britain is "losing its culture" to migration and London mayor Sadiq Khan "has done a very bad job on terrorism."

And he moaned there was "no reason" for him to come to London because people had "put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome".

His comments about trade risk exploding the civil war in the Conservative Party over Mrs May's softer plan for Brexit, which she unveiled in full just hours earlier.

a person wearing a suit and tie: "If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made," he said  © Provided by Credits: AFP "If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made," he said  Her White Paper, which will see Britain mimic EU rules on goods imports, prompted Cabinet Brexiteers Boris Johnson and David Davis to resign amid fears it would make a US trade deal harder.

In a bid to win over Tory Leavers, Mrs May insisted she was still seeking a US trade deal - and tonight used a dinner speech at Blenheim Palace to appeal directly to the President.

But speaking to The Sun, President Trump declared: "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.

"If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.”

He added he was already having "enough difficulty" with the EU and Mrs May's plan "will definitely affect trade" with the US in a negative way.

a group of people standing next to a woman in a red dress: It came as Theresa May rolled out the red carpet for the US President © Provided by Credits: REUTERS It came as Theresa May rolled out the red carpet for the US President Savaging Mrs May's Brexit plans the President said: "I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a different route."

It is a major humiliation for the Prime Minister hours before she was due to discuss Brexit trade with the President at Chequers on Friday.

At Blenheim Palace she had rolled out the red carpet, invoked Winston Churchill and hailed US-UK trade, saying: "As we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more.

"It’s an opportunity to reach a free trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the UK and right across the United States.

"It’s also an opportunity to tear down the bureaucratic barriers that frustrate business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic."

a person wearing a suit and tie: Trump's comments also come just hours before they hold talks on Brexit and trade © Provided by Credits: REUTERS Trump's comments also come just hours before they hold talks on Brexit and trade Yet news of President Trump's comments broke before they had finished dining on their strawberries and clotted cream ice cream dessert.

Despite the interview, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox claimed the President had heaped praise on UK-US trade at Blenheim Palace.

More than an hour after Trump's comments emerged, the Cabinet minister tweeted: "Terrific to hear @POTUS @realDonaldTrump talk so positively about UK & US Trade tonight at Blenheim Palace."

The President is on a four-day visit to the UK  © Provided by Credits: Getty Images Europe The President is on a four-day visit to the UK  But President Trump had already raised the spectre of rejection earlier in the day when he suggested Mrs May's deal was not what Brexiteers voted for.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit," he told reporters as he left the NATO summit in Brussels.

"The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route, I don't know if that is what they voted for."

In the Sun interview he went further, saying: "It was not the deal that was in the referendum."

a group of people in front of a sign: Protests have been held across the nation © Provided by Credits: Getty Images Europe
Protests have been held across the nation
A Labour source said the comment was "embarrassing".

They added: "The Prime Minister has rolled out the red carpet for Donald Trump, only for him to become the latest in a long list to reject her Brexit deal."

Labour MP Phil Wilson, of the anti-Brexit People’s Vote campaign, said: “She has pinned all her hopes on getting a trade deal with Donald Trump but instead the US President has explicitly backed and strengthened those who advocate a disastrous no deal Brexit."

The interview emerged after Jeremy Corbyn branded Donald Trump “dangerous and inhumane” saying his policies put millions of lives at risk.

Photos: Donald Trump's Europe tour: Provided by Microsoft ICE

The Labour leader - who is expected to be in his constituency tomorrow, rather than on a protest - slammed the President ahead of his formal talks with Theresa May at Chequers on Friday lunchtime.

He said: “Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his dangerous and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk.

“We are committed to dialogue, including of course with those we strongly disagree with and in government we would find a way to work with his administration while also standing up for our values.

“But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome.

“We must show Trump and the Tories that we can and we will defeat the politics of division.”

a group of people holding a sign: Demonstrators bang pots and pans as they gather at the US ambassador residence  © Provided by Credits: PA
Demonstrators bang pots and pans as they gather at the US ambassador residence 
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