LONDON, US President Donald Trump said Friday the UK would “not” get a trade deal with his country if Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan goes ahead.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump told the Sun newspaper.
Speculations surrounding Britain’s future relationship with the EU comes in contrary to what the British people voted for in the 2016 public referendum, Trump said.
The US President added that he told May about the proper way to implement the Brexit, adding that she, however, disagreed.
Any agreement that requires a long time of negotiations would not be a good one, he said, adding he would have dealt differently with the Brexit.
Trump also criticized the EU, claiming it does not deal fairly in the commercial field with US.
He praised his strong relationship with the resigned British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, saying he has all the qualifications to serve as the future Prime Minister.
Trump’s remarks could spread a wide political controversy, especially among members of the House of Commons, who already started discussing the “white paper” issued by the British government.
The US President arrived in UK on Thursday for a first official visit to the country amid heavy security protection to keep anti-demonstrators away from him.
The President and his wife First Lady Melania will then travel to Windsor to meet the Queen later today.
On the final leg of his British tour, Trump and First Lady will fly to Scotland, where they plan to spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort.
Over 10,000 people in London protested against Trump’s visit to the UK, rejecting his anti-immigrant policy.
Source: Kuwait News Agency