Trump lashes May

Donald Trump has given Theresa May a right bollocking, not undeserved either. Quote:

Donald Trump has launched an extraordinary attack on Theresa May in a scathing interview with the British press.

Speaking with?The Sun’s?political editor Tom Newton Dunn, Trump slammed the British prime minister over her Brexit plan, negotiation skills and trade stance, even saying her political nemesis Boris Johnson ? who resigned earlier this week ? would “make a great Prime Minister”.

The interview couldn’t come at a worse time for May, who is currently in a vulnerable political position.

Her proposal for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union ? which the majority of Brits voted in favour of in 2016 ? has been deemed too “soft” by the movement’s more conservative supporters.

Three senior government ministers recently quit over the issue. Johnson sensationally quit on Monday after telling May the Brexit “dream was dying”, expressing his fears the UK would be reduced to a “colony” status.

Brexit Minister David Davis and minister for the Department for Exiting the EU Steve Baker also quit the government in protest.

No leadership challenge has emerged yet, but several British media reports suggest backbenchers may be waiting until Trump’s four-day visit concludes to demand that she resigns.

And this interview could be the thing to push them over the edge.?End quote.

May is in serious trouble and unlikely to survive. It is only a matter of time. Quote:

In the exclusive interview, Trump warned that the British prime minister’s soft Brexit blueprint will “kill” any future trade deal with the US.

To clarify ? a “soft” Brexit is favoured by those who don’t want Britain to leave the European Union, or to at least retain some links.

The UK would give up its seat on the European Council, but there could still be some sort of free movement of goods and services ? and possibly people.

“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump told the?The Sun.

Pro-Brexiteers favour a “hard” Brexit ? which would essentially see the UK become totally independent. The UK would leave the single market and customs union, London would again full control of its borders, and cut money being sent to Brussels, meaning the country could negotiate its own independent trade deals.

May’s plan is essentially a compromise ? the UK will seek a “free-trade area” with the EU for industrial and agricultural goods, maintaining its access to EU markets with a “common rule book” between the countries.

Critics of this agreement ? including the ministers who quit ? argue that it doesn’t go far enough. “It seems to me we’re giving too much away, too easily,” Davis said.

Trump claimed May ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations, saying: “I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”

When asked if he would be prepared to walk away from the negotiating table, he responded: “Oh, absolutely. I think what is going on is very unfortunate. Too long.

“You know, deals that take too long are never good ones. When a deal takes so long, they never work out very well.”

“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. I have just been hearing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of resignations. So a lot of people don’t like it.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has slammed May’s Brexit plan.

At a press conference in Brussels yesterday at the end of the NATO summit, he said: “I don’t know if that’s what they voted for.” End quote.

May is in trouble because she is ignoring the voters, and politicians who ignore the voters have a short shelf life.