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Trump would negotiate Brexit with `tougher` attitude than May

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Donald Trump has said he would have negotiated Brexit with a \"different\" and \"tougher\" attitude to Theresa May.

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Reuters, London :
US President Donald Trump would take a "tougher" approach to Brexit negotiations than Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, he said in a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday.
In the interview with British channel ITV, Trump said the European Union was "not cracked up to what it's supposed to be" and claimed he had predicted the result of the June 2016 referendum in which Britons voted to leave the EU. Trump was elected to the U.S. presidency later the same year.
When asked if May was in a "good position" regarding the ongoing Brexit talks, Trump replied: "Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn't negotiate it the way it's [being] negotiated ... I would have had a different attitude."
Pressed on how his approach would be different, he said: "I would have said the European Union is not cracked up to what it's supposed to be. I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out."
May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January last year and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.
But the "special relationship" between the two nations has since faced several ups and downs, including Trump rebuking May on Twitter after she criticized him for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos.
He said in an earlier extract from the same interview that he had not intended to cause offense in Britain by sharing the videos and that he would apologize if the original posters were horrible racists.
Trump's comments on militant attacks in Britain have angered some and he has often exchanged barbs on social media with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Trump also said in the interview that he had anticipated the Brexit referendum result because of many Britons' concerns over immigration-also a key plank of his U.S. election campaign.
"I said [that] because of trade, but mostly immigration, Brexit is going to be a big upset. And I was right," he said. "I know the British people and understand them."
"They don't want people coming from all over the world into Britain, they don't know anything about these people."
Trump also said he had been invited by May to make two visits to Britain this year.
Earlier this month, he canceled a trip to London to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts".
Some Britons are angry at the prospect of a visit by Trump, with large protests expected when he does arrive.
The US president said the European Union was "not cracked up to what it's supposed to be" and claimed he was unsurprised by the result of the Brexit referendum because Britons "don't want people coming from all over the world into Britain".
The comments could be seized on by Brexiteers to urge the Prime Minister to be harder in Brexit talks, but Remainers could attack Leavers for sharing views with the controversial and divisive president.
They could also be seen as a blow for Mrs May following her largely successful meeting with Mr Trump in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.In an interview to be broadcast on ITV on Sunday night, Piers Morgan asked Mr Trump if Mrs May was in a "good position" in Brexit talks.
The president replied: "Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn't negotiate it the way it's (being) negotiated… I would have had a different attitude."
In extracts released to the Mail on Sunday, he went on: "I would have said that the European Union is not cracked up to what it's supposed to be.
"I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out."
Mr Trump also suggested he predicted Brexit.
The president said: "I said (that) because of trade, but mostly immigration, Brexit is going to be a big upset. And I was right."
He added: "I know the British people and understand them. They don't want people coming from all over the world into Britain, they don't know anything about these people."
Mr Trump also claimed Mrs May invited him to the UK twice this year during their meeting at the Swiss ski resort.
But Downing Street did not confirm the newspaper's claim that an informal visit in July would be followed by a state visit in October.
A Number 10 source said: "An invitation has been extended and accepted and details will be set out in due course."
Meanwhile, anxiety among Leavers that Brexit may be delivered "in name only" continued following Chancellor Philip Hammond's remark on Thursday that the UK's trade relations with the EU would change only "very modestly" after Brexit.
Mr Hammond was rebuked by Number 10 but stoked Tory divisions further by saying the UK should seek a "middle way" in negotiations in order to maximise access to EU markets.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the influential European Research Group of backbench Tory Eurosceptics, accused him of "obstructing" Brexit.
And former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith told the Sunday Express: "The Prime Minister cannot govern with Philip Hammond sniping from the sidelines. She has got a serious negotiation on and she does not need the Chancellor contradicting government policy. She needs to say to him: 'You do that again and it will be your last comment as a cabinet minister'."
Amid reports that Eurosceptics are also worried that Mrs May was being bounced into a "soft Brexit" by civil servants as she lacks authority, a Number 10 source said: "The PM triggered Article 50, she set direction of the Brexit negotiations in her Lancaster House and Florence speeches and personally secured the deal that led to sufficient progress.
"David Davis has supported her at every step and they are both supported by a very able Civil Service team."
The Leave Means Leave campaign has written to the PM urging her to "call the EU's bluff" and accept a limited "off the shelf" Canada-style free trade deal.
In a letter signed by former chancellor Lord Lawson, former Brexit minister David Jones, and Labour Leave chair John Mills, they said a deal like Canada's would cover 98% of goods and 92% of agriculture and would remove the need for a "status quo" transition, so the UK could reap Brexit's benefits from exit day in March 2019.

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