Washington DC, June 3: United States President Donald Trump has told The Sunday Times newspaper the United Kingdom (UK) should opt “no-deal Brexit” with the European Union (EU) and avoid paying the already agreed $39 billion pounds divorce bill.
According to Global Times news reports, the US president comments have come after he said he through ex-UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” British prime minister to replace present PM Theresa May, who is slated to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, as she failed thrice to get her Brexit deal pass through the British parliament.
During his interview with the Sun newspaper, the US president urged the British government to follow his rulebook for deal’s negotiations with the EU when it comes to Brexit.
“If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away… If you don’t get the deal you want, if you don’t get a fair deal, then you walk away,” he said.
Trump told the newspaper: “If I were them I wouldn’t pay $50 billion. That is me. I would not pay. That is a tremendous number.”
After failing thrice, May has been forced to announced her resignation on Friday amid Brexit deadlock. May’s decision to resign comes amidst uncertainty over Britain’s future in the next few months, whether the UK will leave the EU as slated with or without any deal.
May has been long making efforts to push per Brexit agreement or an alternative withdrawal deal through the UK parliament. However, she failed thrice to get her deal through the parliament, which led her to request a Brexit extension to delay the withdrawal process from the bloc.
Trump attacked the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, labeling him as “a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me”, minutes before landing in the UK capital on Monday.
May stated Trump’s state visit would create an opportunity to further deepening and strengthening the close cooperation and partnership between the US and the UK.