DONALD TRUMP has shockingly revealed Theresa May’s choice to opt for a soft Brexit may have killed off the chance of striking the long-promised trade deal between the US and the UK, and has hit out at the Prime Minister for failing to listen to his negotiation advice.
The US President made the shock claim he is ready to walk away from the negotiating table at the working lunch with the PM at Chequers scheduled for today.
Trump explained his reasons, suggesting he would have done Brexit “much differently”.
Speaking to the Sun, he said: “I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.
“She wanted to go a different route.
“I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine.
“She should negotiate the best way she knows how.
“But it is too bad what is going on.”
The American firebrand’s remarks were revealed while the President dined with Mrs May at a lavish black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, during which she has made a case for a new trade deal with the US.
But speaking to the Sun before the evening event, the President claimed the Prime Minister’s plan “will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way”.
He said: “We have enough difficulty with the European Union.
“We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading.
“No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States.”
When asked if he is determined to walk away during the negotiations tomorrow, the US President said: “Oh, absolutely, I think what is going on is very unfortunate.
“You know, deals that take too long are never good ones.
“When a deal takes so long, they never work out very well.”
Trump continued to then question whether Mrs May’s new Brexit plan upholds the referendum result.
He said: “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.
“It was not the deal that was in the referendum.”
The Prime Minister finally reached a “collective” agreement on the basis of the future relationship between the UK and the EU last week at Chequers.
The joint statement signed by the Prime Minister and her Cabinet ministers put forward a plan for an “economic and security partnership” with the EU.
The plan, a close regulatory alignment with the EU’s single market for British exports, is a firm push towards a Brexit end-state that looks very much like Norway.
Leading Eurosceptics Boris Johnson and David Davis resigned as a result of the agreement on Monday.
Both political figures believed leaving the EU would make Britain a more attractive trading partner but the Soft Brexit blueprint put a question mark over it.
Theresa May’s aim during Donald Trump visit in the UK is to push for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
As a single country the US is the largest export market for the UK, but it is behind the EU when the bloc is viewed as a single market.
The Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks over a working lunch at Chequers today.