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Trump ‘surprised at how badly’ Brexit negotiations have gone

Written by on 14/03/2019

Donald Trump has said he is “surprised at how badly” the Brexit negotiations have gone for Britain and claimed that leaving the EU is “tearing the country apart”.

In an explosive intervention, the US president claimed that Theresa May did not listen to his suggestions on how to handle the negotiations.

“It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane,” he said.

Donald Trump made scathing comments on the Brexit deal in an interview

Image: The Oval Office comments are not the first time the president has talked about Brexit

“I’m surprised at how badly it has all gone from a stand point of negotiations but I gave the prime minister my ideas of how to negotiate it, she didn’t listen to that and that’s fine but it could have been negotiated in a different manner.”

Mr Trump made the comments alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office.

Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of March, but MPs will vote later on delaying Brexit until at least the end of June.

When asked if he thinks the deadline should be pushed back, the US president said: “I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now there are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that.

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“We can do a very big trade deal with the UK. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations.”

Mr Trump’s comments are not his first intervention in the Brexit debate.

In November, he said that the PM’s deal “sounds like a great deal for the EU” but could hinder trade between the US and UK.

Donald Trump and Theresa May US president speaks warmly about Theresa May hours after comments he made attacking her Brexit plans emerged.

The president was much more forthright on the eve of a visit to the UK in July.

Mr Trump said in a newspaper interview that the PM’s agreement would “kill” hopes of any future trade deal between the two nations.

He also said former foreign secretary Boris Johnson was a “very talented guy” who “has got the right attitude to be a great prime minister”.