Donald Trump: Leave EU without a deal and send Nigel Farage to negotiate

Donald Trump has called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands, as he urged the Government to send Nigel Farage into the negotiations.

In his second extraordinary intervention into British politics ahead of this week's state visit, the US president suggested the UK should "walk away" from talks and refuse to pay the £39 billion divorce bill if its requests are not met.

He told the Sunday Times it was a "mistake" not to involve Brexit Party leader Mr Farage in negotiations, saying he has a "lot to offer" and is someone he likes "a lot".

Mr Trump added: "He is a very smart person. They won't bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven't figured that out yet."

Brexit
Donald Trump described Nigel Farage as 'very smart' (Tia Dufour/The White House)

The president, who will arrive in London on Monday, said the British Government has to "get the deal closed".

He suggested: "If they don't get what they want, I would walk away... If you don't get the deal you want, if you don't get a fair deal, then you walk away."

Mr Trump added that if he was in charge, he would not pay the EU divorce bill, and he claimed it is not too late to "sue" the EU to give Britain greater "ammunition" in the talks.

He told the paper: "If I were them I wouldn't pay 50 billion dollars. That is me. I would not pay, that is a tremendous number."

18 PHOTOS
Donald Trump meets The Queen
See Gallery
Donald Trump meets The Queen
File photo dated 13/7/18 of Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor. Policing Trump's four-day visit to the UK cost more than �14.2 million, according to figures obtained by the Press Association.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Queen Elizabeth II in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II as they arrive at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II walk in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford walk in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor ahead of a ceremonial welcome for US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US first lady Melania Trump and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Queen Elizabeth II in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II as they arrive at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump look on as soldiers from the Coldstream Guards march past during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania walk from the Quadrangle after inspecting an honour guard at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Meanwhile Mr Trump vowed to "go all out" to secure a free trade deal between the UK and US within months of Britain leaving the EU.

Defying diplomatic norms for the second time in as many days after telling The Sun he backs Boris Johnson to become the next prime minister, Mr Trump also said he would have "to know" Jeremy Corbyn before authorising the sharing of highly sensitive US intelligence.

He also urged the Labour leader to "get along with the United States" if he wants Britain to continue to benefit from US military and intelligence support, the paper reported.

ROYAL Trump
(PA Graphics)

His intervention comes as a dozen MPs battle it out to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader, with several candidates pledging they would be prepared to take the UK out of the EU without a deal.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan compared the language used by Mr Trump to that of the "fascists of the 20th century".

Writing in the Observer, Mr Khan said: "President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat.

"The far-right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years.

"Viktor Orban in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new, sinister methods to deliver their message.

"And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago."

The first day of Mr Trump's state visit to the UK will see him have a private lunch with the Queen, tea at Clarence House with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

15 PHOTOS
Nigel Farage hit with milkshake
See Gallery
Nigel Farage hit with milkshake
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is escorted to a car after having what is thought to be milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning for the Brexit Party's contest for this month's European Parliament elections. The Brexit Party is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Paul Crowther (grey t-shirt) is pulled away by security and held by police after throwing what was thought to be milkshake over Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning for the Brexit Party's contest for this month's European Parliament elections. The Brexit Party is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.
Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, speaks to police after Nigel Farage was hit with a milkshake in Newcastle city centre during a Brexit Party walkabout.
The empty milkshake cup from Five Guys which is believed to have been emptied on Nigel Farage in Newcastle city centre during a Brexit Party walkabout.
Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, speaks to police after Nigel Farage was hit with a milkshake in Newcastle city centre during a Brexit Party walkabout.
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Paul Crowther (R) is pulled away by security and held by police after throwing what was thought to be milkshake over Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage in Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Nigel Farage's visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (R) has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is escorted to a car after having what is thought to be milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning for the Brexit Party's contest for this month's European Parliament elections. The Brexit Party is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is escorted to a car after having what is thought to be milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning for the Brexit Party's contest for this month's European Parliament elections. The Brexit Party is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (L) has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (R) has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS