LONDON – As Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain continued her effort on Monday to sell her agreement to withdraw from the European Union to skeptics in parliament, she was blindsided by President Trump, who called the deal “a lot for the EU , “And warned that if it were assumed it could hinder a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Mrs. May has long had the prospect of a new trade agreement between the United States and Great Britain as one of the payments to leave the block and negotiations are expected to begin as early as next spring, after Britain’s March 29 end, known as Brexit.
But Trump’s comments suggested that Britain could never end a bilateral trade deal with the United States, creating new difficulties for Ms. May . She must overcome the resistance of about 90 legislators within her own party if she will win parliamentary approval for the deal next month.
And a group of hard pro-Brexit legislators who have begun a campaign to replace Mrs. May as a Tory leader, is enhanced by American support.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Mr Trump offered a confusing assessment of the deal as approved Sunday by the 27 EU Member States “
” I think we need to look seriously about whether Britain can trade because you know right now if you look at the deal, maybe they can not trade with us and it would not “It’s not good, he says.”
“I do not think the prime minister meant it and hopefully she will be able to do something about it That’s what, “he said.” But right now, when the deal stands, she may not – they may not be able to trade with the United States and I do not think they want it at all, it would be a very big negative for the deal. “ In response to Mr Trump’s comments, a spokesman for Downing Street said that under the proposed recall agreement, “it is very clear that we will have an independent trade policy so that the United Kingdom can sign trade agreements with countries around the world – including the United States “
The spokesman added that the government already” laid the foundations for an ambitious agreement with the United States through our joint working groups, which have met five times so far. “
This was not the first time Mr Trump has publicly undermined the British prime minister. He used a Christmas visit in Britain to criticize her planned approach as too incrementally, as the British economy would continue to be subject to many European provisions. 19659002] During the visit, in an eye-catching breach of diplomatic practice, Mr Trump also supported Mrs Mays best rival in the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, who just resigned as Secretary of State in protest over the revocation.
“I think that he has what it takes and I think he has the right attitude to be an excellent prime minister, “said Trump.
Mr. Trump has regularly lost the European Union as an unfair trading partner to the United States.
His comments on Monday were probably in response to the headlines over the weekend and announced the approach of a new deal between Britain and the trading block, “said Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group. He added that Mr. Trump rarely becomes involved in the details of trade agreements.
“I do not think there are any links to trade negotiations,” Bremmer said. “His knee-jerk reaction is that the EU will be a better deal. He hates the EU, the EU is always trying to get used to Britain’s hurry.”
Last month, Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative, declared the Senate that Trump “intends to initiate Negotiations on a United Kingdom trade agreement “quickly” as soon as it is ready when it comes from the European Union on March 29, 2019. “
The United Kingdom is the United States seventh largest trading partner, with a total of $ 232 billion in goods and services flowing between two countries each year. The United States is Britain’s largest single export market, followed by seven countries in the European Union.
According to the proposed agreement, the United Kingdom will continue to trade with the United States under existing block rules until December 2020 when the transitional period ends.