Trump advises May to sue European Union, not negotiate with it


With Brexit, it was hoped that United Kingdom would become a free trade area meaning that it would be able to strike deals with non-EU countries without complying with the European Union standards. Don't walk away from the negotiations.

The issue is sensitive because Airbus signaled in June that it would have to consider its long-term plans for Britain if there is no Brexit deal.

May, vulnerable in parliament after losing her party's majority at an ill-judged election a year ago, has come under fire from both wings of her party over a hard-won Brexit plan, with one ex-minister calling it the "worst of all worlds".

She said her nation was determined to continue negotiations aimed at an amicable split that would allow for some ties to remain.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said Mrs May's "so-called plan" did not "stand up to scrutiny".

She said that would remove Britain's ability to have an independent trade policy and her government "will never stand for that". "So I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", she added.

This morning, May revealed that advice was to sue the EU.

Trump advises May to sue European Union, not negotiate with it
Trump advises May to sue European Union, not negotiate with it

May is battling for her political survival after announcing a negotiating plan that infuriated factions on both sides of her Conservative Party: eurosceptics say the plan leaves Britain too close to the European Union, while pro-European lawmakers say it leaves the country too distant.

May has been forced on the defensive following attacks on her strategy from all sides - including US President Donald Trump, who said during a visit to Britain last week it could kill a potential US-UK trade deal. The hardline Eurosceptic wing of her party believes that her new plan makes too many concessions to the EU.

"Now is the moment", The Telegraph quoted Mr Bannon, Trump's former strategist and a key player in his 2016 election campaign, as saying. Eight officials have quit since that summit, including two very high-profile Leave advocates, David Davis and Boris Johnson. "There comes an inflection point, the Chequers deal was an inflection point, we will have to see what happens", Bannon said.

Baker, who was a junior minister under Davis, claimed the Brexit Department was little more than a "Potemkin structure to [distract from] what the Cabinet Office Europe unit was doing for the Prime Minister".

Pro-Brexit lawmakers are expected to use a debate on Monday on customs legislation to try to force her to harden up her Brexit plan, while a debate on trade on Tuesday will see pro-EU lawmakers push for even closer ties with the bloc.

It has emerged that No. 10 has proposed bringing the summer recess forward to Thursday to limit the time available for Conservative MPs to hold a confidence vote in her leadership.

The government won the vote on the tariffs amendment with a narrow majority of three lawmakers.

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