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Trump says May's Brexit plan could kill hope of United States trade deal

Trump says May's Brexit plan could kill hope of United States trade deal

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

Ms May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan - which would keep Britain in a free trade zone for goods with the European Union but mean it has to share some European Union rules - was agreed by her cabinet only last Friday after two years of wrangling since Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum.

Donald Trump, 72, is about to visit the United Kingdom for the first time since being elected president in November 2016, and the British people aren't prepared to give him a warm welcome. The president began his day reviewing a military exercise alongside May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The Trumps arrived at the grounds on the president's Marine One helicopter and therefore avoided the estimated 1,000 protesters gathered outside.

About 150 guests are understood to have agreed to attend the dinner at Blenheim Palace, including cabinet members and business leaders.

Brexit hardliners such as Johnson and the former Brexit minister David Davis, who resigned just before Johnson did, see May's plan as a betrayal-they don't want to be aligned with European Union rules at all. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.

May will host Trump and tuxedo-clad government ministers and representatives of fund managers BlackRock and Blackstone Group, as well as Arup and drinks manufacturer Diageo, for a dinner of Scottish salmon, beef and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream to discuss post-Brexit trade.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for the blimp to fly over Westminster for two hours on Friday.

Such concerns will also dog investors who have been betting the Bank of England will raise interest rates as early as August, following some recent positive signs such as monthly economic growth data and upbeat comments from Governor Mark Carney.




"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame", he said. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the terrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in".

However, he is still being accorded the honor of a Thursday night dinner with May at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of celebrated United Kingdom wartime leader Winston Churchill.

His departure from the US ambassador's residence aboard the presidential helicopter was met by jeers from demonstrators banging pots and pans, and another group of protesters lined roads near the palace.

But as CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reported, this is not the grand visit he was originally promised - it is a much delayed, much diminished "working visit", most of it planned for outside of central London, where the protesters have prepared their own special welcome. Police worked overtime, their days off canceled.

"Donald Trump is in many ways a controversialist", he told the BBC.

Whilst Mr Trump's trip is not the full state visit he was originally promised, he was heralded by military bands on his arrival in the country and at Blenheim, and later today he will have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day.

Mr Trump had already cast doubt on Ms May's Brexit plans earlier in the day after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending.

"But what has to happen first.is that we reach an agreement with the European Union itself, so that we can exactly piece together how we can do the trade deals we want to do with the rest of the world". But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.