White House defends United Kingdom comments: Trump ‘likes and respects’ Theresa May

White House defends United Kingdom comments: Trump ‘likes and respects’ Theresa May

In the past few days, all attention has been on the True Brexiters in her party, furious with a proposal - agreed at Chequers and enshrined on Thursday in a 98-page White Paper - that would see the United Kingdom following European Union rules forever on the production and consumption of food and goods, and also collecting tariffs for the European Union at our borders.

He had used a Thursday morning press conference in Brussels to attack the prime minister's Brexit plan and highlight cabinet divisions.

In a wide-ranging interview with the British tabloid The Sun on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump praised British Prime Minister Theresa May while criticizing her handling of Brexit negotiations, slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan over claims of rising crimes in the capital, and suggested that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would be a good prime minister.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, published on Friday morning, Mr Trump said Ms May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

Debate in the U.K. Parliament's lower house was formally suspended for five minutes Thursday, when the announcement of a key policy paper on the nation's planned exit from the European Union descended into chaos after members of parliament complained they hadn't received copies of the document.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Great Britain for his first visit as president amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tensions, protests and Brexit turmoil.

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

This last would likely be unacceptable to Brussels, thus killing May's plan, but Rees-Mogg told AFP his aim was only "to help the government stick to some of its earlier promises".


Boris Johnson accused her of allowing the United Kingdom to simply become a "colony of the EU" while Mr Davis's former chief-of-staff said it was a "Hotel California Brexit" where we never leave. May is already believed to be dangerously close to a vote of no confidence by her party.

"We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities" of Brexit, said Raab, adding that the policy represented a "balance".

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the US". While there would be "no tariffs on any goods", the U.K.'s vast services sector will suffer significant disruption. I know they have had a lot of resignations. "But it is too bad what is going on". I think she is a nice person. "So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad".

"I am not pitting one against the other". I have just been hearing this over the last three days.

"While the paper provides an indication that the United Kingdom wants to participate in pan-EU programmes in areas such as science and research, there continue to be too many unknowns on issues such as whether the UK's proposals can deliver continued use of the European Arrest Warrant and what they mean for the future migration of people", Ms Hyslop said.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival, one of over 100 protests police expect to take place during his four-day trip.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly", he said.

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