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Trump Wades Back Into Brexit Fight, Says May ‘Didn’t Listen’ to His Advice

WASHINGTON – As negotiations on Brexit continue in the United Kingdom, US President Donald Trump intervened during a meeting of the Oval Office with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday, alleging that British Prime Minister Theresa May did not listened to his bargaining advice.
“I can tell you that it is very complex what is happening at this moment,” Trump said, adding, “It is destroying many countries, and it is a pity that it is so, I believe that we will remain in our, We are doing it fantastically as country. Our economy is booming. We are the envy of the world. Other economies are not good.”
Trump also repeated the falsehoods he did before Thursday when he said he was not a Brexit supporter.
“He was right and people laughed when I predicted it,” he said, recalling a 2016 press conference at his Scottish golf course.
Trump’s press conference at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland took place the day after the Brexit referendum, once the results were known. In a Fox News interview before the referendum, Trump recommended that UK voters vote to leave Brexit.
Trump said on Thursday he was surprised at how bad it has been from the negotiation point of view, adding, I gave the Prime Minister May my ideas on how to negotiate it. She did not hear that and it’s okay. Do what she has to do, I think you could have negotiated in a different way; frankly, I hate to see that everything is falling apart at this moment.
Trump’s comments come amid an intense week of political chaos in the UK, as it moves towards a legal deadline of March 29 to leave the European Union.
Parliament has twice rejected the withdrawal agreement that May negotiated with the European Union, although he voted this week against leaving without a current agreement.
A Brexit “without agreement” could lead to chaos in the market, long queues for goods at the borders while waiting for customs controls and price increases, among many other effects.
On Thursday night, lawmakers in the UK voted to delay the Brexit process and instructed May to ask the EU for an extension, which could delay the official departure date until later in the summer. But the remaining 27 countries of the EU must accept the extension, something they have warned they will only do if the UK shows that it has a clear plan on how to reach an agreement.
Trump said the British are unlikely to vote again, but he would like to see it work so that the United States can make a “big trade deal” with the United Kingdom in the future.
It’s a difficult situation, frankly, it’s a shame, there was no reason for that to happen, they could have had the vote and it should have taken place without problems,” he said, considering the issue of the Northern Ireland border of the most complex points.
Trump invited his Irish counterpart, the prime minister, a position known in Ireland as taoiseach, to participate, and Varadkar said he had a “different opinion” from Trump.
“I regret that Brexit is happening and that the United Kingdom is a very important part of the European Union, but now they are and that is their decision,” Varadkar said, adding that negotiations should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland.
Varadkar continued: “We should not have a hard border or anything to interrupt the peace process, and we also want to make sure that we still have a frictionless trade between Britain and Ireland because I believe in free trade that the United Kingdom is resolved, but in the meantime, the EU is available to talk about trade with the United States.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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