Categories for Brexit

31,846. 12/16/2019

BREXIT/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Here in America it will be the same victory as BREXIT, but even more so. In the U.S., while all of this has been going on, the Impeachment, the obstruction, the resistance, President Trump has managed to deliver not just promises, but a record which adds up to one…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 16, 2019 12:28 am

31,844. 12/16/2019

BREXIT/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Here in America it will be the same victory as BREXIT, but even more so. In the U.S., while all of this has been going on, the Impeachment, the obstruction, the resistance, President Trump has managed to deliver not just promises, but a record which adds up to one…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 16, 2019 12:05 am

27,890. 8/28/2019

BREXIT/BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump attacked U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday [8-28-19] for aggressively pushing for a vote of no confidence against newly minted Prime Minister Boris Johnson…Corbyn told reporters he would attempt to challenge Johnson with a vote of no confidence after Johnson announced in a letter to Conservative MPs that he would ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament just weeks ahead of the Oct. 31 Brexit date. Critics have contended that Johnson’s surprise move is an attempt to shorten the time MPs have to block a no deal Brexit. Johnson, however, says he want to present a new agenda to the country in a queen’s speech that will open a new session of Parliament, and reassured MPs that Parliament will have ‘ample time’ to debate Brexit. This isn’t the first time Trump has injected himself into the Brexit debate. During a news conference at the G-7 meeting earlier this week, Trump said former Prime Minister Theresa May would’ve been able to cut a deal if she had taken his advice.”

Evan Semones, “Trump attacks Jeremy Corbyn for trying to oust Boris Johnson,” Politico, August 28, 2019 11:00 am

25,415. 6/4/2019

BREXIT/BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday [6-4-19] that he believed Brexit would eventually happen, adding that Britain is ‘a very, very special place and I think it deserves a special place.’ The comments came in the Durbar Court of the Foreign Office building on the second day of a three-day state visit as the two leaders held a brief but wide-ranging news conference that also touched on a trade deal, Huawei, Mr. Trump’s critics and tariffs on Mexico. Mr. Trump has been a critic of Britain’s approach to Brexit, suggesting that Britain should take a more aggressive approach, but after saying he did not want to take a strong position, he said, ‘I think it will happen.’ Britain has been forced to seek an extension with the European Union on its Brexit plan, leading some to wonder if the withdrawal might never happen. For her part, Mrs. May reiterated that the country would be able to negotiate a deal.”

NYT Staff, “Trump Meets Farage and May in London,” The New York Times online, June 4, 2019

25,413. 6/4/2019

BREXIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Donald Trump is using his U.K. state visit to anoint Brexit winners and losers. The president on Tuesday [6-4-19] fully cast his lot with political leaders pushing for Britain to crash out of the European Union — and in the process trampled on diplomatic norms that foreign leaders generally avoid meddling in domestic politics. Britain is especially fragile at the moment, with Prime Minister Theresa May set to step aside in the coming days, casting doubt on how — or even if — the United Kingdom will leave the EU. But Trump barreled into the Brexit quagmire on Tuesday. In just a matter of a few hours, he snubbed the leader of the opposition — who wants a close relationship with the EU after Brexit and if he can’t get it, advocates a second referendum on the options — in favor of meeting with two avid Brexiteers and chatting with a third. Trump ‘is very interested as to who the next Conservative leader and prime minister is,’ said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, following his own meeting with the president Tuesday. But it’s not clear Trump’s pressure will win him the nationalist ally he craves in Europe.”

Gabby Orr and Charlie Cooper, “Donald Trump plays Brexit kingmaker,” Politico, June 4, 2019 7:15 pm

24,251. 4/23/2019

BREXIT/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Britain plans to welcome President Trump with the formality of a state visit in June, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday [4-23-19], two and a half years after first extending the invitation. Prime Minister Theresa May first conveyed the invitation for a state visit to Mr. Trump when he took office in 2017. Mr. Trump accepted, but it became an on-again, off-again arrangement that came to reflect the hesitation and awkwardness that has characterized relations between the two leaders. Mrs. May’s enthusiasm for a visit is partly because of her country’s need for strong bilateral partnerships after Brexit. Mr. Trump traveled to Britain last year on a working visit, a downgrade from his original plans. The trip included meeting Queen Elizabeth II but not the honor of a full state visit, which usually includes ceremonies, government meetings, a ballroom banquet and other public engagements. The president and first lady accepted the invitation, the White House said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. During his visit, Mr. Trump will meet the queen and hold talks with the British prime minister, the statement added.”

Palko Karasz and Stephen Castle, “Trump’s State Visit to Britain, Long Delayed, Now Has a Date,” The New York Times online, April 23, 2019

23,901. 4/10/2019

BREXIT/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Too bad that the European Union is being so tough on the United Kingdom and Brexit. The E.U. is likewise a brutal trading partner with the United States, which will change. Sometimes in life you have to let people breathe before it all comes back to bite you!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 10, 2019 9:52 pm

23,376. 3/20/2019

BREXIT/BRITAIN/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump has offered the British prime minister advice on Brexit. The president’s son said this week that she should have followed it. Donald Trump Jr. accused ‘the European elites’ of trying to sabotage Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, in an op-ed  in  The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday [3-20-19]. He put some of the blame on Prime Minister Theresa May, and declared that ‘democracy in the U.K. is all but dead’…It is unclear what expertise Mr. Trump has in British and European politics and government, or whether Britons care about what he has to say. But his views appear to align with his father’s. During a visit to Britain last summer, President Trump told Mrs. May to ‘sue the E.U.,’ according to her account of the meeting — advice the prime minister dismissed in favor of negotiating.”

Palko Karasz, “Donald Trump Jr. Scolds Theresa May Over Brexit: ‘Was It All a Ruse?’,” The New York Times online, March 20, 2019

23,340. 3/14/2019

BREXIT/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump expressed skepticism Thursday [3-14-19] that the United Kingdom could put the question of whether to leave the European Union to another vote, saying it would be unfair. In a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he was ‘surprised at how badly’ Brexit negotiations have gone and that he thought it could have been negotiated differently. He also said he would visit Ireland sometime this year…The U.K. is slated to leave the European Union on March 29, and Parliament is set to vote Thursday on whether to extend the deadline. Lawmakers twice rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU and voted to oppose a Brexit without an agreement.”

Graph Massara, “Trump said he’s ‘surprised at how badly’ Brexit is going,” Politico, March 14, 2019 12:30 pm

17,021. 7/15/2018

BREXIT/BRITAIN/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday [7-15-18] revealed the advice President Trump had given her on how to negotiate Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union: Go straight to court. Mrs. May was asked by the BBC about comments Mr. Trump made both in an interview in the British tabloid The Sun and later at a news conference on Friday at Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence, northwest of London. ‘He told me I should sue the E.U.,’ Mrs. May said. Her comments will most likely be seen as pushing back against Mr. Trump, who had criticized her for ignoring his suggestion and whose interview in The Sun embarrassed the prime minister just as she was rolling out the red carpet for his working visit to England, one that she had hoped would showcase the strength of trans-Atlantic ties. At the news conference, Mr. Trump, without revealing what he had advised Mrs. May, said that she had seemed to regard his suggestion as too ‘brutal.’ Some hard-line supporters of the withdrawal, known as Brexit, have criticized Mrs. May as not being tough enough in talks with the bloc, and Mr. Trump’s remarks seemed to back them up.”

-Stephen Castle, “Theresa May Says Trump Told Her to ‘Sue the E.U.’ in Brexit Talks,” The New York Times online, July 15, 2018

17,002. 7/14/2018

BREXIT/BRITAIN/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to run for re-election in 2020 because ‘everybody wants me to’ and there are no Democratic candidates who could defeat him, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported…Before leaving Britain for a summit in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump breached British royal protocol by publicly disclosing the details of a conversation he had with Queen Elizabeth about the complexities of Brexit…During an uproarious trip to Europe, Trump has harangued members of the NATO military alliance, scolded Germany for its dependence on Russian energy, and shocked Britain by publicly criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. Trump later apologized to May for the furor over his withering public critique, blaming ‘fake news’ and promising instead a bilateral trade agreement with Britain after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump says he will run for reelection, had Brexit chat with Queen Elizabeth,” Reuters, July 14, 2018 2:59 pm

16,979. 7/13/2018

BREXIT/BRITAIN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “President Donald Trump affirmed his commitment to striking a trade deal with the U.K., seeking to walk back earlier comments in which he criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and said her plan would ‘kill’ the chances of such a deal. His softening of his criticism saved Mrs. May some embarrassment at a perilous time for the British leader, as she struggles to hold together a government riven by her plan to closely follow European Union regulations. But the president, whose visit drew thousands of protesters in London and other places in the country, didn’t back off other comments, made in an interview with a British tabloid, that implicitly criticized Mrs. May. Brexit hard-liners continued to insist his comments would add pressure on Mrs. May to harden her stance in negotiations with the EU… ​Mr. Trump also said he was open to pursuing a deal once the U.K. leaves the European Union. He signaled an openness to Mrs. May’s approach to Brexit. ‘I don’t know what you’re going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me,’ he said. ‘That’s your decision.’ He said the relationship between the two countries has ‘never been stronger.’ The exchange was sharply at odds with his interview with the Sun, published late Thursday [7-12-18], in which he said also praised former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit the government this week over Brexit.”

-Rebecca Ballhaus and Jenny Gross, “Trump Affirms Support for May, U.K. Trade Deal Following Tensions Over Brexit,” The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2018 4:51 pm

16,973. 7/13/2018

BREXIT/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRSIDENT/UK: “President Donald Trump warned U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that a plan her government released Thursday [7-12-18] outlining its future economic relationship with the European Union, if implemented, could ‘kill’ the nation’s chances of striking a bilateral trade deal with the U.S. The public rebuke of Mrs. May, published hours after Mr. Trump arrived in the U.K., marks a fresh blow to the British leader, already taking heavy fire over her approach to exiting the EU bloc in March 2019…In the Sun interview, Mr. Trump said the plan ‘will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way.’ The Sun and The Wall Street Journal are both owned by News Corp. Mr. Trump said he recommended a different approach on Brexit to Mrs. May, but ‘she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.’ On a briefing call last week, U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Woody Johnson described the president as eager for a bilateral trade deal between the two nations. One of Mrs. May’s key aims of the visit was to secure support from Mr. Trump for a trade deal, which would have given credibility to her plan and represented a major boost for the U.K. as it prepares to leave the EU. After the EU, where nearly half of British exports go, the U.S. is the U.K.’s biggest overseas market. Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the U.K. will prosper after Brexit by increasing trade with countries outside the EU.”

-Rebecca Ballhaus and Jenny Gross, “Trump Says May’s Brexit Plan Could ‘Kill’ Chances of U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2018 2:23 am