Trump hails Boris Johnson as ‘a friend’

"She should negotiate the best way she knows how".

The interview was published as May greeted Trump at a lavish welcome reception at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. In response to those comments, May's spokesman said that she "looks forward to showing Donald Trump the UK and talking to Donald Trump about the UK and is confident that he will leave the UK with a positive view".

Davis' resignation was followed by that of Exiting the EU Minister Steve Baker.

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

Two members of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet resigned in recent days during talks over Brexit.

The Chequers proposals, which have yet to be negotiated with the European Union, prompted the resignations of Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary, who both said they could not support them.

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

Andrew Bridgen became the first Conservative MP to publicly confirm he had sent a letter calling for a vote of confidence in the prime minister, it was reported.

Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said "that's up to the people".

He also told the tabloid that he had shared advice with May during Britain's negotiations with the European Union, but said May ignored his advice. That would hurt Europe as well as Britain, and could poison future U.K. -EU relations for years.

"And I maybe will speak to him when I get over there". "That is exactly what we will do". "But it's good that the proposals are on the table - that much I can say already, without going into details".

The US president also took potshots at the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

"We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities" of Brexit, said Mr. Raab, adding that the policy represented a "balance".

Trump did not exactly give May's plans a ringing endorsement.

Trump planned to meet with May again Friday for lunch and the two were scheduled to hold a joint press conference. The only state never to vote for Reagan is Minnesota, thanks to native son Walter Mondale being on both tickets, and Trump didn't win Minnesota either.

Set to be published in a white paper on Thursday, the plan envisages Britain continuing to trade freely with the remaining European Union in goods under a "common rulebook", while accepting restrictions on trade in services. Such a resolution would avoid disruption to automakers and other manufacturers that source parts from multiple countries.

"It needs to be about the actual countries, with elected governments that need to get prosperity and jobs and trade if those politicians want to get re-elected", he said.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads the European Research Group of Tory MPs, said the amendment would "put into law the government's often stated position that Northern Ireland should be treated the same way as the rest of the country", and "ensure reciprocity of customs collection, and treating the United Kingdom and EU as equals".

Free trade would not apply to services, which account for 80 per cent of the British economy.

Pressure had been growing for months on the prime minister to reach a compromise on Brexit within her publicly divided cabinet in order to progress talks with the EU.

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration.

The British proposals on customs, which are complex and untested, are also likely to run into trouble in Brussels.

The chairman of the Conservatives has played down reports members are quitting the party en masse over Theresa May's plan for Brexit.

  • Zachary Reyes