The US President has rocked Westminster by trashing the PM’s Chequers Brexit plan and rubbishing her negotiating style with Brussels.
Charging into domestic affairs, he told the PM her soft Brexit would kill off any hopes for a trade deal with America – just as her premiership hangs by a thread amid a major revolt by Brexiteers.
His incendiary remarks have sent the Special Relationship into meltdown, are a huge embarrassment for the Prime Minister personally and her Government.
Today, Brexiteer Tory MPs backed the White House and urged Mrs May to heed his warning and get back to the ‘drawing board’.
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The US President (pictured at the beginning of the banquet at Blenheim Palace last night with his wife Melania, Theresa May and her husband Philip) has rocked Westminster by trashing the PM’s Chequers Brexit plan and rubbishing her negotiating style with Brussels
Donald Trump’s (pictured with Theresa May at Blenheim Palace last night) incendiary remarks have sent the Special Relationship into meltdown, are a huge embarrassment for the Prime Minister personally and her Government
Tory Brexiteer MPs Nigel Evands (pictured left) and Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured right) backed the White House and urged Mrs May to heed his warning and get back to the ‘drawing board’
Jacob Rees-Mogg – the defacto leader of Tory Brexiteers – told the BBC: ‘The UK wants to do a trade deal with Donald Trump, and he said if you want to do a trade deal with the United States this isn’t the way to do it.
‘That’s a matter of US foreign policy.’
What is in the Brexit blueprint?
Key features of the Future Framework plan include:
- A new free trade area in goods, based on a ‘common rulebook’ of EU regulations necessary. This will require the UK to commit by treaty to match EU rules
- ‘Mobility’ rules which will end automatic freedom of movement, but still allow UK and EU citizens to travel without visas for tourism and temporary work. It will also enable businesses to move staff between countries.
- Continued UK participation in and funding of European agencies covering areas like chemicals, aviation safety and medicines
- A ‘facilitated customs arrangement’, removing the need for customs checks at UK-EU ports. It would allow differing UK and EU tariffs on goods from elsewhere in the world to be paid at the border, removing the need for rebates in the vast majority of cases. In theory this allows Britain to sign trade deals.
- Keeping services – such as banking or legal support – outside of the common rule book, meaning the UK is completely free to set its own regulations. It accepts it will mean less trade in services between the UK and EU.
- A new system for financial services, which will not replicate the EU’s passporting regime.
- Continued co-operation on energy and transport, a ‘common rulebook’ on state aid and commitments to maintain high standards of environmental and workplace protections.
- A security deal allowing continued UK participation in Europol and Eurojust, ‘co-ordination’ of UK and EU policies on foreign affairs, defence and development, and wider co-operation in areas like cyber-warfare and counter-terrorism.
- Continued use of the EHIC health insurance card.
- Annual negotiations on access to fishing waters and the sharing of fish stocks.
He insisted Mr Trump’s intervention is reasonable – despite slamming Barack Obama for warning the UK would be ‘at the back of the queue’ for a trade deal if it Brexited in a controversial intervention shortly before the referendum.
Mr Rees-Mogg, leader of the European Research Group – the powerful group of backbench Tory Brexiteers – said: ‘Barack Obama came over just before an election to try and bully us into doing what the United States wanted.
‘What Mr Trump is saying is that if the UK goes ahead with this deal the chances for a trade deal with the US are very low.
‘If you can’t do a trade deal with your closest ally who are you going to do one with?’
Tory MP Nigel Evans said: ‘If that (the plan) means we cannot do a deal with them then Theresa May does need to get back to the drawing board.
‘I want to do a deal with the USA… we need to tear up that White Paper.’
Tory Brexiteers are furious with Mrs May over her Chequers Brexit plan – warning that they are a world a way from her promise to take back control.
They have accused the PM of abandoning her Brexit red lines and waving the white flag of defeat to Brussels by accepting many of their demands.
The PM unveiled her details Brexit plans yesterday in the long-awaited white paper.
A 98-page report setting out the Government’s demands to Brussels would mean EU workers will still be allowed rights to travel to Britain temporarily.
Tourists, young people and business trips would also be allowed in without visas.
EU judges will get to advise a new joint committee of UK and EU officials tasked with resolving disputes after Brexit.
And it confirms the Prime Minister’s plan to have Britain follow EU rules on goods without any say on how they are drafted.
Tory MPs lashed Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint for recreating the ‘worst parts of the EU’ today as it was published for the first time.
And Mr Trump said the soft Brexit plan would ‘kill the deal’ between the US and Britain on trade, in an incendiary interview as his visit to Britain begins.
He also said the prime minister has ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations, explaining: ‘I would have done it differently’.
He told The Sun: ‘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.
‘I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me’.
In an astonishing interview, he also heaped praise on Boris Johnson just days after the MP dramatically quit the Government, plunging Mrs May’s premiership into turmoil.
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Storming into the centre of the Tory Brexit civil war, Mr Trump said he thought Mr Johnson would make a ‘great prime minister’ and he was ‘saddened’ the former foreign secretary was out of the government.
The president also launches a new attack on Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying the London mayor has ‘done a very bad job on terrorism’.
He said he thought that allowing ‘millions and millions’ of people into Europe was ‘very sad’ and pointed to crime being ‘brought in’ to London, criticising the Labour mayor for failing to deal with it.
Europe, he added, is ‘losing its culture’ because of mass migration and warned it will never be the same again unless leaders act quickly.
‘Look around,’ he said. ‘You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago.’
He added: ‘Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.’