If UK Prime Minister Theresa May only had the wisdom to listen to US President Donald Trump’s advice, the Brexit negotiations would have been long over. The UK would be free of the EU’s control over its trade and immigration policies. And the world could move on.
This, at least, is how the US President sees it, according to RAW.
Trump says he would have better negotiated Brexit
Speaking in the Oval Office as he met Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he was ‘surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation’.
Trump met with May in July last year in England, and claims he gave her ideas on how to handle the negotiations regarding the Brexit divorce deal with the EU.
‘I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful,’ Trump told Varadkar.
But May did not take his advice, which is why — according to Trump — Britain are in the mess they are in just days before their scheduled departure from the EU.
‘She didn’t listen… and that’s fine. I mean … she’s got to do what she’s got to do. But I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly.’
With negotiations between Britain and the EU now at an end, it’s up to British parliament to finally agree on a path forward for the UK.
Trump has criticised the idea of Britain holding another referendum, believing it would be unfair to the side that won.
‘They’d say: “What do you mean, you’re going to take another vote?” So that would be tough.’
Trump willing to trade with post-Brexit UK
While he isn’t afraid to put in his two cents, Trump says he plans to stay out of the negotiations.
‘It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane,’ he said.
The US President did, however, reiterate that he would like to see a US trade deal with the UK after it leaves the EU.
‘We are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK.’
It doesn’t seem like this will happen by the end of March though.
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