DONALD TRUMP has called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands — and urged the government to send Nigel Farage into the negotiations.
In his second extraordinary intervention into British politics ahead of this week’s state visit, the US president suggested the UK should ‘walk away’ from talks and refuse to pay the £39billion divorce bill if its requests are not met.
He told The Sunday Times it was a ‘mistake’ not to involve Brexit Party leader Mr Farage in negotiations, saying he has a ‘lot to offer’ and is someone he likes ‘a lot’.
Mr Trump added: ‘He is a very smart person. They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.’
The pair got to know each other after the former Ukip leader visited Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015. And referring to the Brexit Party’s success in the European elections, he said: ‘I hear he has done very well. I think he has got a lot to offer. Obviously, a lot of people agree with me because I saw his numbers and they were very good. I will say very strongly he loves your country.’
The president said the British government had to ‘get the deal closed’.
He added: ‘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.’
Mr Trump added that, if he was in charge, he would not pay the EU ‘divorce bill’, and he claimed it was not too late to ‘sue’ the EU to give Britain greater ‘ammunition’ in the talks. He told the newspaper: ‘If I were them, I wouldn’t pay $50billion. That is me. I would not pay, that is a tremendous number.’
Mr Trump had previously advised Theresa May to sue the EU over the Brexit deal and, pushed to explain further, he said: ‘What I would do is, for those mistakes made by the EU that cost the UK a lot of money and a lot of harm… I would have put that on the table, whether it is in the form of litigation or in the form of a request. But they chose not to do that.’
Meanwhile, Mr Trump said he would have ‘to get to know’ Jeremy Corbyn if he became prime minister before authorising the sharing of highly sensitive US intelligence. He urged the Labour leader to ‘get along’ with the US.