Chequers’ Brexit White Paper explained in 300 words

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Cathal Mc Naughton Reuters

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand together with U.S. President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump at the entrance to Blenheim Palace, where they are attending a dinner with specially invited guests and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain on July 12, 2018. Mr. Trump said he'd offered a "suggestion" to Ms.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May published the long-awaited White Paper on Britain's future relationship with the EU. "If they do that, then their trade deal with the U.S. will probably not be made", he said.

At the same location a week ago, May finally won agreement for her Brexit plans from her cabinet after two years of tortuous internal wrangling. Trump said: "The relationship between our two nations is indispensable to the cause of liberty, justice, and peace".

"Prime Minister as I just said she's going to make a decision as to what she's going to do", he said.

"I would have done it much differently".

When asked about the potential for an agreement, Trump said: "The only thing I ask of Theresa is make sure we can trade, that we don't have any restrictions".

Trump's interview easily could overshadow the government's attempt to lay out plans for what it calls a "principled and pragmatic" Brexit.

However, he later said Ms May was doing a "fantastic job".

European Union officials say negotiators won't reject outright the UK's blueprint for how to leave the organisation despite opposing several major elements of it.

With less than nine months before Britain leaves the bloc, May has been under pressure to spell out her position to unblock the all-but-stalled talks with the European Union that will shape Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policies for decades.

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May, likewise, glossed over the comments in the Sun, saying her deal provided a platform for an ambitious free trade deal.

Trump told The Sun, "No, no, no, no".

In one tweet on Thursday, Khan didn't mention Trump by name - but said Londoners have the moral duty to protest when shared US-UK values are under attack.

"It is disgusting to hear the inflammatory language that he uses and I am embarrassed that (Prime Minister) Theresa May has done so much to welcome him".

He will not attend any high-profile events in London, where the big demonstrations are planned, but would have heard protesters outside the ambassador's residence where he and his wife stayed Thursday.

The "divide between EU-27 and United Kingdom has not significantly narrowed", said Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the European Policy Centre, a think tank in Brussels.

According to Politico, the key question is whether May's Tory opponents will try to keep pressure on May or whether they have the numbers and the intention to damage her government in an effort to get the Brexit they feel voters expect.

In response, May said the proposal was "delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

US first lady Melania Trump, President Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May watch a live military performance ahead of a dinner in Oxfordshire, U.K., on Thursday.

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