UK Prime Minister Theresa May said US President Donald Trump advised her to be litigious in dealing with the European Union on Brexit. "Not go into negotiations, sue them."The comments were made during the USA president's visit to the U.K., Friday. Don't walk away from negotiations because then you're stuck", she added".
The prime minister was asked on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show what was the "brutal" Brexit negotiating advice that Trump had talked about in their joint press conference outside the prime minister's Chequers country retreat.
May weathered the resignations of her Brexit and foreign ministers last week over her proposals for Brexit. "Everyone thought it was going to be 'Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens'".
However, Trump quickly changed tack.
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In an explosive interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday - just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner - Trump said the British leader's approach likely "killed" chances of a free-trade deal with the United States.
President Trump avoided most of London during his visit, visiting the Prime Minister at Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle, before heading to his golf resort at Turnberry in Scotland for the weekend.
Mrs May said: 'He told me I should sue the EU.
The British government has also stepped up planning for a so called "no deal" Brexit that could spook financial markets and dislocate trade flows across Europe and beyond.
Steve Baker, a senior lawmaker who served as a deputy to Davis in the Brexit ministry before resigning with his boss, said May had presided over a "cloak and dagger" plot to undermine Brexit.
However she said that result was a plan that would deliver "benefits" for Britain, protecting jobs and ensuring there would be no need for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
"I am yet to see a workable alternative future trading arrangement that would deliver on our commitments to Northern Ireland, preserve the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom and deliver on the result of the referendum", she wrote.
"Or we could have said: 'OK let's look at moving forward, let's look at an alternative proposal, ' which we have put forward". "But we should also prepare for no deal".
Ms May and Mr Trump both spoke of the importance of the "special relationship" between their two countries, something that Brexit supporters hope will reap benefits when Britain leaves the European Union, allowing it to forge closer trade ties with the world's biggest economy.