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Donald Trump: Theresa May's Brexit plan will 'kill' U.S. trade deal

Michel Barnier GETTYA warning from Michel Barnier
Priscilla Morrison | 13 July, 2018, 07:10

The White Paper fleshes out the negotiating position agreed by Mrs May's cabinet after a meeting at her country residence, Chequers, last Friday.

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the disgusting things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in".

The interview posted online as Prime Minister May welcomed President Trump and the first lady at Blenheim Palace for a lavish gala dinner.

Last year, activists began circulating a petition to block a state visit from Trump that eventually made its way to the floor of Parliament.

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has insisted that the much-anticipated Government white paper respects the referendum result while backing business.

At its heart is a proposal for a new Britain-EU "free trade area", with interlinked customs regimes, and identical regulations for industrial goods and agri-food.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible USA -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc.

At the moment, it appears very much like former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and former Brexit secretary David Davis resigned over a proposal that won't ever actually materialise.

"If they do that, I would say that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States", Mr. Trump added. As the Government recognises in today's White Paper, it's entirely possible to use the tools and trust we have established during 40 years of membership of the European Union to construct a new arrangement that preserves some of the benefits of close alignment without sacrificing political and regulatory autonomy.

Trump noted that recent cabinet resignations in May's administration stemmed from opposition to her plan, which is seen by critics as keeping the government too closely aligned with the European Union - after Brits voted to operate their own independent economy starting eight months from now.

The free movement of people between the United Kingdom and the Continent will end. "That is exactly what we will do".

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"I think he's got what it takes".

Trump also had harsh words for current London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a fervent critic of the president, saying Khan "has done a bad job" running Europe's third-largest city. "I believe that the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over, I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration", he said.

Khan gave protesters permission to fly the 20-foot-tall balloon depicting Trump as an angry baby in a diaper.

Trump's interview easily could overshadow the government's attempt to lay out plans for what it calls a "principled and pragmatic" Brexit. "Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said. While there would be "no tariffs on any goods", the U.K.'s vast services sector will suffer significant disruption.

May is promoting the "soft" Brexit plan, which would keep strong economic ties with the European Union.

The UK will maintain a "common rulebook" for all goods traded with the European Union, including agricultural products.

Johnson, who was the face of Brexit for many in Britain, said May was heading for a semi-Brexit.

Free trade would not apply to services, which account for 80 per cent of the British economy.

The National Police Chiefs Council said rest days for officers had been cancelled and many would be working 12-hour shifts during Mr Trump's visit.

And while Britain will no longer fall under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice - a longtime bugbear of Brexit supporters - British courts would "pay due regard" to European court case law in relevant cases under the proposals.

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg colourfully described the plan as "the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200".

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