"Walk Away" from Brexit Talks, Trump advises UK

U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly said that Britain should refuse to pay its £39 billion EU divorce bill and just “walk away” from Brexit talks if Brussels does not give the UK what it wants, in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper ahead of his state visit to Britain starting tomorrow (June 3rd). 

Trump said Britain must leave the EU this year. 

“They’ve got to get it done,” he said. “They have got to get the deal closed.” 

“If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away. If you don’t get a fair deal, you walk away.” 

Trump repeated his backing for those candidates to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May who have said Britain must leave on the due date of October 31st with or without a deal. 

Those candidates include former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump praised in an interview with the Sun newspaper on Friday, along with former Brexit minister Dominic Raab and interior minister Sajid Javid. 

Trump also said it was a mistake for the Conservatives not to involve Farage, the Brexit Party leader, in negotiations with Brussels after his success in European Parliament elections last month. 

“I like Nigel a lot. He has a lot to offer - he is a very smart person,” Trump said. “They won’t bring him in but think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.” 

Trump also warned British ministers they must be careful not to jeopardise intelligence-sharing by letting Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd into Britain’s new 5G mobile phone network.

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