Trump And May Clash On Brexit Deal: UK May Not Trade With The US


President Donald Trump greets British Prime Minister Theresa May upon her arrival, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, to the West Wing entrance of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

United States President Donald Trump did not mince words. Trump warned that “Britain may not be able to trade with US” due to Theresa May’s Brexit deal.  The U.S President urged the Prime Minister to reassess the deal that the U.K Prime Minister has reached with Brussels on Sunday:

“I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. Because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us … I don’t think that the prime minister meant that. And hopefully she’ll be able to do something about that.”

Prime Minister May disagreed with Pres. Trump’s assessment of her Brexit deal and stressed that new trade agreements will come to Britain after leaving the EU:

“We will have the ability, outside the European Union, to make those decisions on trade policy for ourselves. It will no longer be a decision being taken by Brussels.

“As regards the United States, we’ve already been talking to them about the sort of agreement we could have with them in the future.”

May’s spokesman reiterated on Tuesday that it has been made clear in the political declaration of the Brexit deal, that the U.K will have the authority to make new trade agreements.

When asked on the possibility of U.K’s commitments not to lower environmental standards and other regulations below E.U levels adversely affecting trade with U.S, the spokesman replied that the parliament will handle future deals.

“Parliament will want to take a view in relation to all trade deals, in particular looking at the standards which the UK has in areas such as animal welfare.”

May’s spokesman said that there’s no plan to hold a one-to-one meeting with Pres. Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend.

“It’s not something that we have requested; the PM’s diary is agreed in advance and she’s meeting with a number of world leaders,” he said. “We’ve met the president on a number of occasions in recent months.”

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