British PM accepts key amendments from hard-line Brexiteers

Wednesday, 18 Jul, 2018

The comments shocked many in Britain - even May's opponents - and couldn't have come at a worse time for the British prime minister, who is facing a crisis over Brexit from within her own ranks.

May called on July 15 for the country to back her plan for "friction-free movement of goods", saying it was the only option to avoid undermining the peace in Northern Ireland and preserving the unity of the United Kingdom.

He also said May's nemesis, Boris Johnson, who quit the government this week over Brexit differences, would make "a great prime minister".

"When I say handsome, inside and out".

Trump said at a news conference Friday that he had given May advice that she found too "brutal" to accept. Sunday, May explained the advice on BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

President Donald Trump thinks Britain should sue the European Union to improve leverage in the strained negotiations over Britain's exit from the economic bloc, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday.

The size of the threat to her position should become clear on Monday when eurosceptic MPs put forward a series of proposals to toughen up the government's customs legislation during a parliamentary debate.

However, Mrs May continued to insist a deal was possible during a press conference with the President the next day - when he suggested she could take a different approach to negotiations with the EU.

The issue is sensitive because Airbus signaled in June that it would have to consider its long-term plans for Britain if there is no Brexit deal.

Conservative Eurosceptics claimed to have killed off Theresa May's Brexit negotiating strategy Monday by forcing her to make changes that will leave it "dead on arrival" in Brussels.

She added it was "also an opportunity to tear down the bureaucratic barriers that frustrate business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic".

But some 77 percent of Britons have an unfavourable view of Trump, according to a poll by YouGov with 1,648 respondents.

Khan's office also gave permission for London protesters to fly a 20-foot (6-meter) balloon depicting the USA president as a screaming baby near Parliament on Friday.

Meanwhile May will also test her plan with the European Union this week, with Brexit negotiations due to resume in Brussels on Monday and the other 27 leaders due to hold their first talks on the proposal on Friday.

"Now is the moment", The Telegraph quoted Mr Bannon, Trump's former strategist and a key player in his 2016 election campaign, as saying. He blamed the newspaper for skipping over his praise of May in a piece that was published Thursday just as the prime minister played host to Trump at an opulent welcome dinner at a country palace. "Everyone thought it was going to be 'Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens'".

Johnson, warned Monday that the Brexit "dream is dying" and Britain is "headed for the status of colony" with May's plan to stay close to the EU.

Davis said he would not speak in the parliamentary debate but could back one of the rebel amendments.

"The inevitable effect of the parliamentary arithmetic is that she will need to change it to keep the party united", he told BBC television.

Voting down a divorce deal so late in the process would trigger a major political crisis in Britain which would then be on course to crash out without any formal Brexit arrangements for trade, immigration and security.