Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Theresa May Says Trump Advised Her To ‘Sue The EU’

Theresa May Says Trump Advised Her To ‘Sue The EU’

May said: "He told me I should sue the EU".

Asked by the visibly surprised interviewer to repeat her account of Trump's advice, May, did so: "Sue the European Union", she said, smiling, "not go into negotiation, sue them. If we don't, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she wrote in an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

On July 12, the government published its long-anticipated White Paper on the UK's post-Brexit relations with the EU.

Former worldwide development secretary Priti Patel, who is proposing one of four amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour the white paper had "many flaws around our independence and our ability to make free trade agreements".

The president's meeting with her seemed to go well, but some in the British press criticized Trump for briefly walking in front of the 92-year-old queen while they were reviewing an honor guard on the castle grounds. "Don't walk away from negotiations, cause then you're stuck, '" May told the BBC. "So I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", she added.

Trump later backtracked on his comments and later promised a "great" U.S. trade deal. "There are many many protests in my favor", he said.

He said Mrs May, who campaigned to keep Britain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, had failed to grasp the "enormously positive" opportunities offered by Brexit. May, he contended, was "a Remainer who remains a Remainer".

May has repeatedly rejected the idea and her spokesman confirmed this on Monday, saying "under no circumstances" would there be another vote.

British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed President Trump suggested that the United Kingdom should sue the European Union.

President Trump's advice comes just as another private parliamentary secretary, Robert Courts, resigned over her new Brexit plan.

Her appeal didn't convince prominent Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, who accused Mrs May of only half-heartedly supporting Brexit.

Steve Baker, a senior lawmaker who served as a deputy to Mr Davis in the Brexit ministry before resigning with his boss, said May had presided over a "cloak and dagger" plot to undermine Brexit.

Amid rising backbench anger, MPs are set to vote today on a series of Commons amendments meant to wreck her Chequers plan for a "common rule book" covering a new "UK-EU free trade area".

Mr Trump's son Eric has arrived in Scotland for a golfing visit to Trump International Golf Links at Menie, Aberdeenshire, and Trump Turnberry, near Girvan, South Ayrshire. "I remember, even as a little guy, if there was any kind of a ceremony to do with the queen, my mother would be watching the television - she wanted to see it".

The extent of the danger to May from rebels in her party will become clearer over the course of two debates in parliament this week.

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