Trump says United Kingdom 'in turmoil', declines to offer support to May

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Among their first requests to Mr Raab was a call for greater clarity about the Government's aims from its negotiations, with one group telling me that most British businesses are "in the dark" about the "the most basic questions of how they will trade in the future".

Mr Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, both explained to the Gibraltar Parliament last week the detailed and intensive work that the Government of Gibraltar continues to undertake in London.

The crisis swirling around the United Kingdom government and Brexit talks right now has been touted by some factions as a result of prime minister Theresa May's weak leadership.

Britain on Wednesday geared up for the arrival of Donald Trump just hours after the US president waded into the Brexit crisis gripping Prime Minister Theresa May's government and portrayed the closest USA ally in Europe as a country in turmoil.

Mr Fabricant lauded Mrs May's Brexit plan as a "pragmatic compromise".

The Johnson resignation was unnecessary - even Davis commented that Brexit was not essential to Johnson's portfolio - but he was likely more interested in jumping on the Brexit resignation bandwagon to see if there was a political opportunity to seize the premiership he has coveted for so long.

Asked about Boris Johnson's resignation, Trump added: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine".

But former Conservative leader William Hague warned party rebels that voting against the Prime Minister's final deal could result in Brexit being indefinitely delayed or halted altogether.

"This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party", said the Lewes MP. This is just a small, though representative, sample of deep concerns in the business community about the government's inability to reach some level of consensus on the parameters for negotiations, let alone make any progress in those talks with Brussels. She was expected to give a news conference alongside May.

Trump has long voiced his support for Brexit, saying it was part of a global uprising that ultimately thrust him to power, and he was at his Scottish golf resort the day after Britons voted to leave the European Union, saying the outcome was a "great thing". But within 48 hours Davis had quit and Johnson followed.

While other senior ministers rallied round her after the resignations which left Westminster reeling on Monday, rumblings of discontent among rank and file lawmakers remained.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage welcomed Mr Johnson's decision on Twitter, saying: "Bravo Boris Johnson". "We will do this in a way which will be a smooth and orderly Brexit". "Party or country, career or principle?"

But the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson said Mrs May was "correct to accept the Foreign Secretary's resignation".

"We will not get a clean, democratic Brexit under Theresa May and if the Conservative Party don't come to their senses, then yes, when there is a leadership contest in Ukip at the end of March next year, then I would seriously consider throwing my hat back in the ring".

When asked directly if Trump would meet Boris, U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson told BBC Radio: "Is he going to make time?"

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