Donald Trump has torn into Theresa May over her handling of Brexit, saying she could have made a success of it if she had listened to his advice. The US president said he was ‘surprised how badly it has gone’ as he spoke to reporters at the White House alongside Irish premier Leo Varadkar. In a meeting which came as Westminster was gripped by infighting over a possible delay to Brexit, he said that it was a ‘shame’ that Brexit was ‘tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart’. In his latest intervention on Brexit in the Oval Office Mr Trump said: ‘It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane. ‘I’m surprised at how badly it has all gone from a stand point of negotiations but I gave the Prime Minister (Theresa May) my ideas of how to negotiate it, she didn’t listen to that and that’s fine but it could have been negotiated in a different manner.’ He added that it was ‘sad to see what is happening there’ and then criticised Brussels, saying: ‘The EU has been very tough to deal with and frankly it’s been very one-sided for many years so we are changing that around.’ Asked if he thought the Brexit deadline should be extended, Mr Trump said: ‘I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now there are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that. ‘We can do a very big trade deal with the UK. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations.’ However he also criticised the idea of holding another referendum, saying: ‘I hate to see it being, everything being ripped apart right now. ‘I don’t think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won.’ The US president had earlier tweeted that he was looking forward to talks on a ‘large scale trade deal’ with the UK, adding ‘the potential is unlimited!’. The terms of a deal between the two nations after Brexit had sparked a furious row in recent weeks, with fears that we would be forced to accept goods produced under the US’s lower food safety and welfare standards. The US wants ‘comprehensive market access’ for US agricultural products through the reduction or removal of tariffs and the elimination of ‘unwarranted barriers’ to food and drink imports according to a document released a fortnight ago. Labour MP and Best for Britain supporter Virendra Sharma said: ‘British consumers deserve better. ‘This trade deal would be a disaster for Britain and shred our animal welfare and consumer protections. ‘The only way to protect UK consumers is to retain our current deal with the EU.’ Mr Trump tweeted this morning as Westminster was engulfed by ongoing chaos about when and if the UK will leave the EU. The leave date is key to deciding when official talks on a deal would even begin. Remainers launched their bid to seize control of the Commons and force Britain to a soft Brexit today as MPs prepare to vote on extending Article 50. A plan to stage ‘indicative votes’ on what kind of alternative Brexit Parliament might support was chosen by Speaker John Bercow as debate began ahead of the latest round of votes at 5pm.
If successful tonight, MPs are will stage the votes next Wednesday, the eve of the next European Council. The idea is to pit all viable proposals – including a Norway-style soft Brexit and a new referendum – to a series of head to head votes to find the most popular. In a desperate effort to avoid a third night of humiliating defeat, Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington promised MPs the Government would stage its own indicative votes after next week’s EU summit if the Brexit deal fails again. Mr Bercow also ruled MPs will vote on proposals about a second referendum and blocking the chance of a third vote on Theresa May’s deal. Tonight’s votes come after the PM effectively handed control to Parliament by telling MPs to make up their mind about the Brexit they do want. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment demanding a delay for more negotiations was also selected. But the Speaker’s decision to block an amendment that sought to rule out a second referendum provoked fury from Brexiteer MPs. Tory members of the European Research Group bombarded Mr Bercow with hostile points of order accusing him being biased in ignoring their amendment, which was backed by more than 100 Eurosceptics. Despite the furious row tonight’s vote – on an amendment from Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston – will be the first time the Commons has directly vote on a second Brexit referendum. Bizarrely the People’s Vote campaign came out against the amendment today – admitting it would be agreed by MPs tonight. Photo Credit: Getty