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Theresa May says Donald Trump told her to 'sue the EU'

May has revealed the advice that Trump had said could be “too brutal”.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has said that US President Donald Trump told her to “sue the EU” instead of negotiating.

May was speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr programme about private advice the US president gave to her about Brexit negotiations.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Trump had said he gave May a suggestion about how to handle Brexit talks but that it may have been “too brutal”.

“I think she found it maybe too brutal, and that’s OK. I gave her a suggestion, not advice. I could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough,” Trump said.

In this morning’s interview, May was asked about what this “brutal” advice was.

“He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiations with them, sue them,” May said.

Actually no, we’re going into negotiations with them. Interestingly, what the president also said in that press conference was don’t walk away, don’t walk away from negotiations, because then we’ll be stuck.

May is facing a rebellion by Brexit hardliners against her proposals to retain strong trading ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc.

In his interview with The Sun, Trump suggested such ties could make a new US-UK trade impossible.

But speaking in another interview with the Mail on Sunday, Trump said a “great trade deal” could still be possible if the UK is free to make such agreements.

“We would make a great deal with the United Kingdom because they have product that we like,” Trump said.

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