Trump arrives in Britain, questions May’s Brexit plan

Michel Barnier and Nigel Evans

BBC•GETTYBrexit news Nigel Evans mocked Michel Barnier and warned the bloc about'no deal

The European Parliament's Brexit steering group said it welcomed the new white paper as "a step towards establishing a new relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU".

The US president made an explosive intervention into British politics in an interview with The Sun published Thursday.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hosted dinner for the Trumps and business leaders as part of the pair's official visit to the United Kingdom.

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said 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.

But the plan has caused outrage among eurosceptic members of May's Conservative party, and Raab's predecessor David Davis and foreign minister Boris Johnson dramatically quit this week in protest.

The US president is known for his brash disdain of free trade deals and multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organization.

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defense spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest USA ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

The Sun said its interview with Trump was conducted in Brussels before he left for the British leg of his trip.

The European Parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May's new Brexit plan if she does not come forward with a "credible" policy to prevent a hard border in Ireland. May is already believed to be dangerously close to a vote of no confidence by her party. We have enough difficulty with the European Union.

Mr Trump also said he was "cracking down" on the European Union as "they have not treated the United States fairly on trading". "It was, I think, a celebration of the very special relationship the United States had". "As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" Sanders said in a statement.

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In a long-awaited white paper policy document, her government said its negotiating position had evolved.

Trump will attend a gala dinner Thursday with British and American officials at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He also joked that Britain was "a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations" and he has mused about meeting Mr. Johnson.

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

And in comments sure to infuriate his host, he said Boris Johnson would make a "great" Prime Minister. "I think he is a great representative for your country". I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister.

"I am not pitting one against the other".

Liz Cameron, the director of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, welcomed plans for visa-free travel for tourism and short-term business activity, as well as a UK-EU Youth Mobility Scheme.

The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they'll do but maybe they are taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for.

But senior Cabinet sources have said that even those in favour of a softer Brexit in the PM's inner circle would reject the plan.

Continuing with the theme of thinly-veiled threats and bribes, the government said that "without the UK's participation in, and contribution to, these data exchange tools, there would be a significant loss of capability" that would reduce the EU's ability to protect European Union citizens and track terrorist networks.

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