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Trump: May’s Brexit deal is ‘great deal for the EU’

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Donald
Trump and Theresa May during the US president’s visit to Britain
in July 2018.

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  • Donald Trump has attacked Theresa May’s Brexit
    deal.
  • The US president said it was a “great deal for the EU”
    and may leave the UK unable to trade with the US.
  • His remarks are likely to further infuriate Eurosceptic
    MPs, who are already highly critical of May’s Brexit
    plans.

Donald Trump has criticised Theresa May’s Brexit deal as a “great
deal for the EU” that may make it difficult for the UK to trade
with the US, the latest blow to the embattled British Prime
Minister’s attempts to guide Britain out of the European Union.

On Monday, the American president said that May’s proposal, which
British MPs will vote for in December, would mean that “we have
to take a look at seriously whether or not the UK is allowed to
trade [with the US],” and urged May “to do something about that.”

His remarks, which
Sky News shared a video of on Twitter
, are likely to inflame
Eurosceptic backbench Tory MPs’ attitudes towards May, and make
it even harder for her to get her proposed deal through
Parliament. Labour has already said it will not support the deal,
and many Conservative MPs have said they will oppose it, with
some observers predicting May will not have the numbers to
ultimately pass it.

“It sounds like a great deal for the EU,” Trump said. “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, adn that wouldn’t be a
good thing.

“I don’t think they meant that, I don’t think the Prime Minister
meant that, and hopefully she’ll be able to do something about
it. But right now, as the deal stands, she may not be able to
trade with the US, and I don’t think they want that at all.”

The UK’s future trading relationship with the US has been a
recurrent issue throughout the Brexit negotiation process. Brexit
supporters have pushed for a deal that will allow a smooth flow
of trade between the two countries, while critics have worried
that dong so would require a lowering of standards to include
products like chlorine-washed chicken and chocolate contaminated
with insect parts.

UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox has denied that the UK will lower its
food standards after Brexit but has not ruled out changing
standards in order to strike new trade deals around the
world. He said in November
2017
 he had “no objection” to UK consumers
eating products which are currently banned by the EU after
Brexit, like chlorine-washed chicken.

Business Insider revealed in
September
 that Fox and Crawford Falconer, the UK’s chief
trade negotiation adviser, have privately discussed rewriting UK
food standards through the upcoming Trade Bill, using contentious
“Henry VIII” powers.

Here’s the video of Trump’s comments:

Additional reporting by Adam Payne.

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