In UK, Trump throws fuel onto Britain’s fiery political debate over Brexit

In UK, Trump throws fuel onto Britain’s fiery political debate over Brexit
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The U.K. woke Friday to discover that President Trump had thrown fuel onto the country’s already fiery political debate — on a day in which he will hold a joint press conference with under-siege Prime Minister Theresa May, meet with Queen Elizabeth II and witness tens of thousands of demonstrators march through London in protest of his three-day working visit.

The looming press conference was made immeasurably more awkward after The Sun published an extraordinary interview with Trump, in which the president doubled down on his criticism of May’s approach to handling Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The article was published shortly after Trump arrived Thursday to scattered protests in front of Downing Street and the residence at which he was staying.

In that interview, he said that May’s new, softer approach to Brexit — which would leave Britain sticking to a “common rulebook” with Brussels on goods — would kill off the chances of a much sought-after U.S.-U.K. trade deal.

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