What do May's critics say of her and her Brexit plans?

Lester Mason
July 15, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May said that during Trump's tumultuous visit to the United Kingdom, he told her that instead of negotiating to leave the European Union, she should sue the bloc instead.

The Tory Party could "go down the plughole" unless warring MPs unite behind Theresa May and Brexit, a minister today said.

"Whatever you do is OK with us", Trump said at a joint press conference held on the lawns of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence.

"No, no - we're going into negotiations with them", May said she told the U.S. president.

He said May's plans to bind Britain's economy closely to its European partners after Brexit would "probably kill" its hopes of a U.S. trade deal.

May also said that Trump advised her not to walk away from negotiations altogether, a piece of counsel she does agree with.

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

Many Tory activists are seething at the Brexit proposals, which they see as flouting the PM's previous commitments laid down in her red lines.

Davis, who quit as Brexit Secretary, used a Sunday Times article to accuse May of making an "astonishingly dishonest claim" that Brexiteers had not come up with an alternative to her plan.

He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

"She wanted to go a different route", he said.

According to May, her government has no plans to follow the president's suggestion. Trump told the British journalist aboard Air Force One on Friday evening.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. Instead, the White House only pointed to the positive things Trump said about May, with no mention of the tape.

However, critics say accepting the European Union rulebook on goods would reduce the scope for cutting regulations after leaving the bloc, while making it harder to make trade deals with non-EU countries.

She added: "But the legacy of Brexit can not be a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland that unpicks the historic Belfast Agreement".

Before the paper was published, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned, saying it would not deliver the Brexit people voted for in the 2016 referendum.

He described her as a "Remainer who has remained a Remainer".

That indictment, unsealed Friday, accuses the Russian operatives of a far-ranging plot to disrupt the democratic process by stealing tens of thousands of emails from Democratic party officials and Clinton campaign operatives, and then leaking them via a website called DCLeaks.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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