Theresa May's White Paper Pleases Neither Brussels Nor Brexiteers - HuffPost Verdict

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

Britain will fight moves by Brussels to secure the power to carry out raids on City of London firms after Brexit, despite a government White Paper conceding defeat on securing a European Union deal for smoother access for financial services to the Single Market.

Liam Fox, Britain's trade minister, tweeted after the Sun interview was published that it was terrific to hear Trump "talk so positively about UK & US Trade tonight at Blenheim Palace".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is looking forward to sitting down with Donald Trump to talk him through her Brexit negotiating stance after the us president criticized her plans in an interview, her spokesman said on Friday.

In remarks that will likely further weaken May's already tenuous grip on her own government, Trump told The Sun, a British newspaper, in an interview published Friday (13 July) that her proposed "soft" post-Brexit relations with the European Union would scupper a USA trade deal.

It comes just days after Trump declined to say whether May should remain in post, said he had "always liked" Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers agreement, and described the United Kingdom as being in "turmoil".

President Donald Trump has arrived in Great Britain for his first visit as president amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tensions, protests and Brexit turmoil.

"This is incendiary even by his standards", Adrian Morrow, a British reporter with the Globe and Mail, said of Trump's comments. May is already believed to be dangerously close to a vote of no confidence by her party. "Because we have enough difficulty with the European Union".

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he would analyse the paper with member states and the European Parliament and repeated the bloc's offer for an ambitious free trade agreement with "effective cooperation" on issues.

A trade deal with the United States is one of the main aims of Brexit supporters within Ms May's Conservative Party, who are concerned that she is making too many concessions to the EU.

The White Paper fleshes out the negotiating position agreed by Mrs May's cabinet after a meeting at her country residence, Chequers, last Friday.

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"He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person".

Addressing the 100-strong group, the prime minister said there was an "unprecedented" opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries.

The Government says it wants to "minimise new barriers to trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and hopes that both sides will work together to reduce them further over time". "I think he's got what it takes".

Prime Minister Theresa May said her plan to keep close economic ties with the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc next March was "principled and pragmatic". I have just been hearing this over the last three days. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way".

Asked if he could become prime minister he added: "Well I am not pitting one against the other".

"I would have done it much differently", he told the Sun, which urged its readers to back Brexit before a referendum in June 2016.

Liz Cameron, the director of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, welcomed plans for visa-free travel for tourism and short-term business activity, as well as a UK-EU Youth Mobility Scheme.

A demonstration supporting Mr. Trump is also scheduled to take place in London on Saturday.

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