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DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.
The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun. In an extraordinary intervention  timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.   And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.

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Donald Trump has warned Theresa May her Brexit blueprint will “kill” hopes of any future trade deal with the US.
In an explosive intervention, the US president told The Sun: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.” The comments from Mr Trump will send shockwaves through Westminster – and emerged as the prime minister hosted him at a lavish banquet at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

DONALD Trump has threatened to “kill” any trade deal with the UK if the Prime Minister continues with her plans for a soft Brexit.The US President launched into an extraordinary attack on Theresa May over her plans for a soft Brexit. 
Trump said if the Prime Minister attempted to maintain strong ties with the European Union then a trade deal with the US would be unlikely.  He made the comments during a whistle-stop tour of the UK, where he will hold crunch meetings with May later today. 

Donald Trump has warned Theresa May that a soft Brexit will “kill” the chance of a trade deal with the US, in comments that hugely undermine her attempts to win support for her Chequers deal.
On the first day of the US President’s four-day visit to the UK, he suggested Mrs May was not delivering the Brexit the British people voted for and said she had not listened to his advice on how to negotiate. I would have done it much differently,” he said.

President Donald Trump has warned Theresa May that her soft Brexit plan would ‘kill the deal’ between the US and Britain on trade, in an incendiary interview as his visit to Britain begins. 
He also said the prime minister has ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations, explaining: ‘I would have done it differently’.  Talking to The Sun before his trip to Britain, he said: ‘If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me’. 

Theresa May will come under intense pressure to secure a future trade deal with the United States as she sits down with Donald Trump just hours after he warned that her soft Brexit blueprint would “kill” Britain’s chances.
In an extraordinary interview that threatened to undermine her new Brexit strategy, painfully thrashed out with her cabinet last week, Trump questioned whether her plans upheld the referendum result and accused her of ignoring his advice.

Donald Trump dealt a crushing blow to Theresa May tonight by declaring her soft Brexit plan will “kill” a US-UK trade deal.
The US President shoved the Prime Minister to the back of the queue despite her begging for trade as she threw a lavish welcome party for his four-day visit to Britain. The President also said Boris Johnson “would be a great Prime Minister” because he’s “got what it takes”, Britain is “losing its culture” to migration and London mayor Sadiq Khan “has done a very bad job on terrorism.”

Donald Trump has warned that Theresa May‘s Brexit plan would “kill” chances of any US-UK trade deal
The US president, who is currently in the UK on a four-day working visit, claimed that any attempt to keep close ties with the European Union would make a future trade deal with the US unlikely.  Mr Trump added that he had advised Ms May against pursuing a soft Brexit strategy but said she “didn’t listen” to him.  Ms May’s plans involve the UK seeking something very similar to a single market for goods and a “facilitated customs arrangement” which would essentially create a common rulebook with the EU.  


Donald Trump hit out at London mayor Sadiq Khan over the spate of terror attacks on the capital last year, accusing him of doing “a terrible job”.
Trump reignited his feud with Khan, who criticised the US President as “ill-informed” over a tweet following the London Bridge attack in June 2017. Trump also hit out at immigration into Europe, telling The Sun: “I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. “I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.

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Tory eurosceptics have fired their opening salvo in a bid to kill off the prime minister’s Chequers plan for Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the European Union.
They have tabled for amendments to the Customs Bill on the eve of the government publishing a white paper setting out Theresa May’s blueprint in full. What has been outlined so far has sparked a backlash from Brexiteers and prompted the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson. Given the perilous parliamentary arithmetic, a rebellion by eurosceptic backbenchers could wipe out Mrs May’s majority when the bill comes back to the Commons on Monday.

Doubt has been cast over Theresa May’s ability to press on with her
Brexit  proposals after Conservative MPs publicly rounded on them. Brexiteer backbenchers and ex-ministers branded them “deeply worrying” and accused the prime minister of having abandoned her “red lines”. They were responding to the white paper setting out details of Ms May’s plans for a future relationship with the European Union. The document’s viability was immediately challenged when an alternative version, penned by ex-Brexit secretary David Davis, was published online.

There is a lot of talk among Tory MPs that Number 10 now fears the number of letters of no confidence in Theresa May is close to reaching the 48 threshold.
Several MPs have told Guido this morning that Downing Street has signalled it believes the number is approaching 48. Over the last 24 hours whips have asked MPs who they believe may have submitted letters to Graham Brady to withdraw them or risk putting Corbyn in Number 10. Some Tory Brexiteers are cautioning colleagues against putting letters in now, telling them to wait until after the summer recess as they believe they have a better chance of removing May then, when it becomes clear further concessions to the EU are being planned.

Conservative MPs have been asked to withdraw letters demanding a vote of confidence in Theresa May amid fears the Prime Minister could be on the brink of
being forced out of Downing Street, sources have told The Telegraph.  Government whips are trying to prevent 48 notes being sent to the chair of the party’s ruling 1922 committee, as the number would trigger a crunch vote which Brexit-backing MPs think she would lose.  Nobody knows how many letters have already been sent apart from Graham Brady, the chair, but aides close to the Prime Minister are nervous that the threshold could be reached in the coming days. 

Theresa May could suffer the defeat of a crucial Brexit bill as early as Monday after Eurosceptics reacted angrily to the white paper she published yesterday. Relations between Conservative MPs who support a hard Brexit and No 10 worsened after the publication of the 98-page document, which spelt out a series of detailed compromises. In what Brexiteers argue is a breach of red lines, the white paper said that disputes over trade should be “referred to the European Court of Justice for interpretation” in certain circumstances, and that businesses that provide services would be able to “move their talented people” across the Channel.


DONALD Trump praised Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister. The US President described the former Foreign Secretary as “a very talented guy”, adding: “I like him a lot.” He said: “I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me. “I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. “I think he is a great representative for your country.” Asked if the ex-minister could be in No 10 one day, he replied: “Well I am not pitting one against the other. “I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. “I think he’s got what it takes.”

Donald Trump hailed Boris Johnson as a future prime minister, accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a bad job” on terrorism and said there had been too much immigration in Europe in an incendiary interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to Britain.
A day before the US president was due to have bilateral talks with Theresa May, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to endorse her principal Tory rival just days after he resigned from the cabinet in protest at her Brexit policy.

DONALD TRUMP has said that Boris Johnson “would be a great Prime Minister” in an explosive interview revealed just hours after he landed in the UK to mass protest and controversy.
The US President praised the former Foreign Secretary and admitted he had a lot of respect for him. Trump said: “I have a lot of respect for Boris. “I think he’s got what it takes. “I think he would make a great Prime Minister.” Speaking to the Sun, he called the Uxbridge MP a “very talented guy,” and suggested the pair have a close and respectful relationship.

Donald Trump twisted the knife into Theresa May last night, as he backed Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister. The US President said he was “very saddened” to see the former Foreign Secretary leave the government, adding that he is a “very talented guy”. Trump told The Sun : “I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me. I think he is a great representative for your country.” Despite his inflammatory comments, the President insisted he was not pitting BoJo against Mrs May.


Telegraph (by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard)
The European Court will reign supreme. It will be the final arbiter in disputes over swathes of UK law and social practice.
The Government has tried to disguised this by obfuscation. The “common rulebook” for goods and agri-foods is linguistic legerdemain. It is patently the “EU rulebook”. The full 98-page draft White Paper fleshes out how Brussels will secure British compliance on EU laws covering the environment, employment and social policy, consumer protection, state aid, and competition – indefinitely. The UK would commit by Treaty to “pay due regard” to ECJ case law. If a conflict arises from the new EU-UK joint committee or arbitration panel, the dispute goes to the European Court.

AN ALTERNATIVE draft white paper on the offer to Brussels for the the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the bloc has been leaked – just hours before Theresa May releases her official plan.
Staunch Brexiteers are trying to force the Prime Minister to release the white paper previously drawn up by the former Brexit Secretary before last week’s crunch Chequers meeting, which according to The Guardian, Downing Street ditched. But political blog Conservative Home has now leaked, what is said to be former Brexit Secretary David Davis‘ original plan on the morning Mrs May is releasing her official plan for the UK’s relationship with the EU post-Brexit.

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Theresa May has been hit with a fresh blow after Tory MPs – and US President Donald Trump – lined up to trash her long-awaited Brexit blueprint.
The publication of a government white paper on Thursday, detailing its proposals for the future EU-UK relationship, was met by fierce criticism from Leave-supporting Conservative backbenchers. Mr Trump also delivered a headache for the prime minister, just hours before he arrived in Britain, as he questioned whether the government’s Brexit policy represented what voters had wanted when they backed Leave in 2016.

Brexit supporters have expressed serious concerns over Theresa May’s blueprint for UK-Brussels relations, with leading eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg asserting the document “recreates the worst aspects of the EU British people voted to leave”.
Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage  warned the Prime Minister will “destroy the Conservative Party” if she remains leader, adding that May and her Cabinet “grossly underestimate how reviled” their plans for a super-soft Brexit are with the public.

Tory MPs lashed Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint for recreating the ‘worst parts of the EU’ today as it was published for the first time. A 98-page report setting out the Government’s demands to Brussels would mean EU workers will still be allowed rights to travel to Britain temporarily.
Tourists, young people and business trips would also be allowed in without visas. EU judges will get to advise a new joint committee of UK and EU officials tasked with resolving disputes after Brexit. And it confirms the Prime Minister’s plan to have Britain follow EU rules on goods without any say on how they are drafted.

Theresa May’s White Paper is now seeking an ‘association agreement’ with the European Union – after previously ruling out a similar arrangement. In her Lancaster House speech, Theresa May said: “Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out.” But now, the government White Paper setting out her plan includes an ‘association agreement’. Yet more evidence that this proposal will leave the UK hooked into elements of the European Union.

Theresa May’s EU negotiating strategy came under sustained criticism from Brexiters following the publication of the long-awaited white paper, with the leader of the hardline European Research Group declaring he could not vote for it if it formed the basis of the final deal with Brussels. Jacob Rees Mogg said May’s plans to strike an association agreement, matching EU rules on goods and collecting some external customs tariffs, was “a bad deal for Britain” and “would not be something I would vote for nor is it what the British people voted for”.

The new Brexit Secretary has admitted the UK will be shut out of future decision-making on trade regulations with the EU, under plans to be unveiled today.
Asked if Britain would not be “part of setting those rules anymore” for goods, Dominic Raab replied: “That’s true.” However, Mr Raab – who replaced David Davis, after he quit in protest – dismissed the protests of hardline Tories that signing up to the “common rule book” would leave Britain powerless.

Human rights

Theresa May has bowed to EU pressure to keep the UK in the European Convention on Human Rights, in another move that will inflame the Tory right. The Brexit white paper pledges that the government is “committed” to staying in the treaty – after Brussels said pulling out would jeopardise a future security deal. The prime minister has previously backed leaving the ECHR, although she acknowledged there was no Commons majority for doing so at present. In her 2016 Conservative leadership campaign, Ms May said she believed ECHR membership made it harder to deport terror suspects and criminals.


The European parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May’s new Brexit plan if she does not come forward with a “credible” policy to prevent a hard border in
Ireland. The body’s Brexit steering group, chaired by coordinator Guy Verhofstadt, met on Thursday and said in a statement after the UK white paper was published that it would “not consent” to a deal “without a credible ‘back-stop’ provision for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border”. The intervention means there is likely to be further trouble ahead on the Ireland issue – with the risk that the whole deal could be sunk over it.

Jean-Claude Juncker was seen stumbling and losing his balance before a dinner at the NATO summit in Belgium.
The European Union Commission President, 63, had to be helped by the presidents of Finland and Ukraine had to prop him up. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also stepped in to help the stumbling Commission chief at the event in Brussels on Wednesday night. Mr Juncker has said he suffers from sciatica that sometimes affects his movements. A video of the wobbly Eurocrat emerged after it was tweeted out by a far right German politician.


Donald Trump declared success at a Nato summit yesterday after stunning allies with a threat that the United States would go it alone unless they rapidly boosted their defence spending.
The president, who repeatedly accused Europe and Canada of freeloading from the US taxpayer for their security, heaped praise on himself for pressuring the alliance into action, even though no new spending commitments were announced. “Tremendous progress has been made,” he said, speaking at Nato’s headquarters in Brussels as the chaotic two-day meeting drew to a close. “Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment.”

President Donald Trump’s claim to have wrung billions in additional commitments for defense contributions from European leaders is already being undercut by NATO leaders and members nations.
NATO members have already been upping spending since a 2014 agreement, and some have been spurred to do more by Trump’s repeated focus on the issue. Trump triumphantly told reporters before departing the NATO summit in Brussels said the ‘additional money that they will be putting up has been really amazing.’ 


Patients must get used to nurses and other less-qualified staff doing much of the routine medical care in hospitals, according to the first professional guidelines on how many doctors are needed on wards.
“Cultural stereotypes” about doctors and nurses must be scrapped as care adapts to deal with a chronic shortage of trained medical staff, according to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Every hospital will be expected to assess themselves against the guidelines. A lack of doctors and nurses has emerged as the most serious problem facing the NHS as hospitals struggle to find enough qualified staff to deal with an ageing population.

A lack of doctors means hospital patients should expect to be treated by nurses and less-qualified medics.
The Royal College of Physicians said an NHS workforce crisis means there are ‘nowhere near enough’ doctors to fill the gaps. It warned that the days of Sir Lancelot Spratt – the fictional surgeon who always had an entourage of junior doctors in the book, film and TV series Doctor in the House – were over. Instead, the public must understand that ‘stereotypes’ of traditional doctor and nurse roles no longer exist and should expect different healthcare professionals to treat them.

More than 200,000 people have been waiting at least six months for routine surgery for the first time in a decade, according to official figures for May.
More than 3,000 patients have been waiting more than a year for procedures such as hip replacements, six times as many as five years ago. Accident and emergency units, which had their busiest month ever in May, had their second busiest in June, with more than two million visits as hospitals continued to miss a series of targets. The latest waiting list figures show 211,324 still waiting after 26 weeks in May, up 48 per cent on the same month last year.


Supermarkets are launching trials of reverse vending machines that pay shoppers 10p for every plastic bottle or drinks can they return.
The move is designed to assess public reaction to the idea, which is seen as central to tackling the huge waste and blight caused by plastic bottles. The machines are widely used in Scandinavia and  Germany where they are part of a deposit and return schemes (DRS) that have been hugely successful in increasing recycling and reducing litter.

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