Trump on Brexit: I'm Surprised at How Badly it Has All Gone

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

The prime minister said while their views on Brexit differ, the relationship between the USA and Ireland remains strong.

Varadkar, sitting alongside Trump at the White House, said he looked forward to discussing Brexit with Trump and that he would like to see a European trade deal with the United States.

"I'm surprised at how badly it has all gone from a stand point of negotiations but I gave the Prime Minister (Theresa May) my ideas of how to negotiate it, she didn't listen to that and that's fine but it could have been negotiated in a different manner".

But the tensions over Brexit served this year to highlight a divide between the two countries with Ireland embracing the E.U.as Trump questions why European nations continue to marry their economies together instead of going it alone on issues like trade.

Varadkar said he appreciates what the president has done for his country economically. "The potential is unlimited!"

The Irish PM said the most pressing issue facing his country was how to settle questions about the future of the border between Ireland, an European Union member, and Northern Ireland, which won't be.

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Parliament will vote later Thursday on whether to extend the March 29 deadline for a deal. In a Fox News interview before the referendum, Trump recommended United Kingdom voters vote to leave Brexit. "I predicted it was going to happen".

Trump's news conference at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland took place the day after the Brexit referendum - once the results were already known.

"I lived in a country where if I'd tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws", he said, The Advocate reports. "He has consistently emphasized Brexit as a prerequisite for a new U.S. -U.K. free trade agreement, and administration officials and members of Congress have been working diligently to prepare for such an agreement", Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, tells VOA News.

MPs are set to vote on Thursday evening on whether to request a delay until at least June. And also we want to make sure we still have frictionless trade between Britain and Ireland because I believe in free trade. "I hate to see it being - everything being ripped apart right now", Trump said, adding that holding a second referendum "would be very unfair to the people that won".

"We talked about Brexit, something that is turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be".

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