Trump urges Britain to leave the EU without agreement

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump, in an interview with the British newspaper published on Sunday night on his London eve night, urged the United Kingdom to leave the EU without a deal and to refuse to pay the 39 billion pounds ($ 50 billion) agreed upon as a divorce bill.

Trump’s comments come to The Sunday Times two days after he confirmed to the Sun newspaper that former British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson would be an “excellent” president of the British government, replacing Theresa May.

Mai will officially quit her post on June 7 because of her failure to pass the Brikst agreement in parliament.

Trump will pay a state visit to the UK between June 3 and 5. The US president is scheduled to meet with Queen Elizabeth II.

In his interview with The Sunday Times, Trump urged the British government to follow its negotiating approach on the BRICEST issue. “If they do not get what they want, I would withdraw … if you do not get the deal you want, if you do not get a fair agreement, if they pull out,” he said.

“If I were in their place, I would not have paid 50 billion dollars,” Trump told the paper.

Trump, who is proud of his destructive influence on politics in his country and abroad, said the populist anti-EU politician Nigel Faraj should take part in his country’s negotiations to get out of the European bloc.

The US president said Faraj was “a very smart person” and could “do a lot” but acknowledged that the British authorities would not “use him.”

– Conservative split –

The majority of Britons voted in the 2016 referendum in favor of leaving the European Union.

But the British parliament’s repeated refusal to ratify the agreement reached by May and the European Union in November 2018 led to the postponement of Britain’s departure from the initial assembly on March 29 to April 12 and October 31, 2019.

The ruling Conservative Party, led by a divided May, remains divided over which BRICCists want, a full exit from the EU or a close relationship that dictates the need to approve EU trade and immigration rules.

After failing to pass the Brikst agreement in parliament, Mai was forced to resign last week.

More than a dozen deputies have been nominated in the Conservative Party to replace her as party leader and prime minister. Johnson is the most likely candidate for the post.

Britain hopes Trump’s visit will boost its ambition to reach a free trade agreement with the United States if the European Union leaves London able to conclude individual free trade agreements.

But some conservatives as well as the Labor Party fear a rush to agree to an unbalanced agreement with the much larger United States, especially as Trump adopts America’s first policy in negotiations for a free trade agreement with Canada, Mexico, Japan and China.

As soon as Trump’s visit to London was announced, activists opposed to the president’s policy were quick to call for anti-British protests in the British capital.

London Mayor Siddique Khan said in an article in the Observer newspaper on Sunday that the US president was “one of the most blatant models” of a growing global threat from the far right.

“Trump’s divisive behavior runs counter to the principles on which the United States founded (…) equality, freedom and religious freedom,” Khan said.

Trump and politicians such as Faraj and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Urban “are using the same divisive analogies of fascists in the 20th century to rally support, but they are now using new evil tactics to deliver their message,” he said.


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