Trump says Brexit has gone 'badly' because Theresa May ignored his advice

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

The Taoiseach referred to Mr Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and said that while the USA had military might and a booming economy, they shouldn't lose sight of what makes America great already - its people and its values.

Trump, during the traditional St. Patrick's Day seasonal meeting here between the leaders of the United States and Ireland, then turned to Varadkar, offering him an opportunity to speak about Brexit.

He was surprised how badly the Brexit talks had gone, adding: "I gave the prime minister [Mrs May] my ideas on how to negotiate. she didn't listen to that and that's fine". "It's tearing a country apart", said Trump, who has cheered from the sidelines for Brexit and the populist and nationalist British politicians who have championed it.

Ahead of that make or break moment, USA president Trump gave his take on how well things are going. "I regret that Brexit's happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union".

He also said another vote on Brexit would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a USA trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

Britain is set to exit the European Union on March 29, but lawmakers voted Thursday to allow the government to seek a delay to the Brexit date.

Ireland is at the center of the practical discussion of how Britain would separate itself from the European Union and its open movement of goods and people, because the only affected land border runs between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".

"I think that the relationship between Ireland and the U.S. is long-lasting - it's strong", Varadkar told The Washington Post in an interview on Wednesday.

The Irish leader aims to use the meeting to reaffirm the historical ties between Ireland and the United States.

On Wednesday, the Taoiseach said of partner Dr. Matt Barrett: "he was able to get time off work and make the journey so he'll be taking up the invitation from Mike and Karen Pence to attend tomorrow".

Varadkar is one of only a handful of openly gay world leaders. "It wasn't that I was a supporter (Leave), I predicted that it was going to happen", he said.

He said: "I know he is a supporter of Brexit and I am not".

Trump may agree. At the luncheon, he sounded cheerful as he described his discussion with Varadkar.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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