In Britain rejected the possibility of a new referendum on Brexit

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2018

Her revelation about how Trump advised her ended several days of speculation about what advice the USA leader had offered the prime minister.

In an article with the Mail on Sunday, May urged her critics in the Conservative party to rally behind her proposal and vowed not to compromise national interests during negotiations in Brussels.

On July 12, the government published its long-anticipated White Paper on the UK's post-Brexit relations with the EU.

Two top ministers, Boris Johnson and David Davis, quit in protest last week followed by a string of junior walkouts, including another on Monday.

In a press conference after their talks on Friday, Trump said it had been a suggestion rather than advice.

He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

Referring to May's Brexit proposals, Trump told the Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper, "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal".

Hours later, however, he said a US-UK trade deal would "absolutely be possible".

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Unhappy Boris plans damning speech PIC I-IMAGES

On Sunday, May attempted to face down would-be eurosceptic rebels by warning that if they sink her premiership then they risk squandering the victory of an European Union exit that they have dreamed about for decades. He also said he thought she was heading down a path that veered away the British public's vote to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum. Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, who was a PPS to the Treasury team, says he was not prepared to accept a "watered down Brexit".

Linking the fate of Brexit to her own survival in such an explicit way indicates just how precarious May's position remains after her government was thrust into crisis and U.S. President Donald Trump publicly criticised her Brexit strategy.

Mrs May's message comes ahead of crucial Commons votes on trade and customs policy in the coming week, with Tory Brexiteers tabling a series of amendments to the legislation.

In his interview with Morgan, Trump said the United States and its longtime ally would "argue, we're going to fight, and we're going to end up making a deal".

Earlier in 2018, nine pro-European campaign groups moved into shared office space near parliament and in April launched a joint campaign for a people's vote. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "That would be damaging to our "no deal" preparations". "The prize is leaving the European Union in a way that's in our national interests", adding that she would see off any leadership challenge as she's "in this for the long term".

She said such rules were needed to protect jobs in firms with supply chains that crossed borders and deal with the Irish border issue.

Mr Davis, writing in the Sunday Times, said it was an "astonishingly dishonest claim" to say there is no worked-out alternative to Mrs May's plan.

Noting the deep divisions in government and parliament on the way forward, Greening said voters must decide - becoming the most senior member of May's Conservative party to back the idea.

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