Trump says Brexit agreement bad for US-British trade, May disagrees

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Theresa May rebuked Donald Trump and insisted Britain could strike trade agreements outside the European Union as she launched a nationwide tour on Tuesday to whip up support for the contested Brexit divorce deal. And that wouldn't be a good thing. The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, claims that United Kingdom would have to open talks on "joint sovereignty" of Gibraltar while Theresa May said that she is proud that Gibraltar is British. "Because right now if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us ..."

The deal needs to be approved by Parliament, but scores of legislators - from both the opposition and May's governing Conservative Party - say they will oppose it.

"Trying to get a deal we can all sign up to instead of wasting time going around the country for two weeks".

"We have a working group set up and that is working very well, has met several times and is continuing to work with the USA on this".

With May facing a hard battle to get parliament to approve her deal, Trump's words struck at the heart of the government's key argument for the current Brexit accord: that it would allow Britain to strike new global trade deals without abruptly shutting off access to European Union markets. She said under the Brexit agreement, "we will have an independent trade policy and we will be able to negotiate trade deals with countries around the rest of the world".

The government was to hold a special briefing on the Brexit deal for Labour MPs - an unusual but not unprecedented move.

The EU has also been clear that there is very little appetite to reopen the Brexit negotiations if parliament votes it down.

The argument for a "Norway-plus" compromise on Brexit is winning the day at Westminster, according to Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has committed her Scottish National party MPs to supporting the soft Brexit option provided it can command a majority in the Commons.

Hawes added: "We need a deal".

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"No one knows what would happen if this deal doesn't pass".

The European Parliament has investigated the clause in the treaty and concluded, as did the Scottish courts that took up the legal challenge, that only the ECJ can make a legal ruling on the matter.

May said that her withdrawal agreement would also apply to Gibraltar and that Spain had failed in its bid to edit the deal. "It must put aside the labels of "Leave" and "Remain" for good and we come together again as one people".

The pro-Brexit campaign believes that the cost of that would be remaining locked into the EU's customs union without a say over its rules and regulations.

On Tuesday morning, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer wrote to the Government urging it to comply with the the House of Commons motion to publish the full legal advice on the Withdrawal Agreement in the next few days.

A spokesman for Downing Street refused to confirm whether Number 10 was considering such a debate.

On Tuesday she was holding meetings with business and political leaders in Wales and Northern Ireland - where her parliamentary allies in the Democratic Unionist Party have vowed to vote against the agreement.

The prime minister subsequently confirmed the date to MPs, saying that she was "looking ahead to [the vote on] December 11".

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