May says Brexit plan delivers 'people's vote'

Donald Trump made stark comments ahead of his UK visit

The Sun, Britain's most popular paper, said Trump's comments were a new blow for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced two high-profile resignations from her cabinet and a rebellion by Brexit hardliners this week.

Asked about his views on Brexit just hours before he was due to arrive in Britain, Trump said "it's not for me to say".

This has angered some Conservative backbenchers, who say it will prevent the United Kingdom from having its own independent trade policy, and they want to see the Chequers blueprint rewritten.

"The Chequers deal.is there because it delivers on the vote that people gave", May told reporters upon arrival at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, referring to a deal brokered at the prime minister's country residence last week. "I think that's why they voted for Brexit".

Britain's newly appointed Brexit minister said on Thursday he hoped the government's policy on leaving the European Union will reassure those in the EU who are unclear as to how it will work.

These firms would, of course, favour a "soft Brexit" as that will ensure continued access to the single market comprising the remaining 27 European Union states, and some have put expansion plans on hold until there is greater clarity on Britain's exit by March 2019.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defense and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the U.S".

Trump was flying over after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending.

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May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

"Donald Thump!" read the tabloid's front-page headline after the President told reporters that Britain was "in somewhat turmoil" and that the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the "easiest" part of his European trip.

The document said that on movement for workers after Brexit, "the UK's future economic partnership should therefore provide reciprocal arrangements, consistent with the ending of free movement", including measures that "support businesses to provide services and to move their talented people".

"What we want to do now is to bring the negotiating progress forward", she said. Three junior ministers also quit their posts.

Opposition lawmakers, backed by an online petition signed by almost 1.9 million people, called on May to cancel the state visit offered when she met Trump in Washington after his inauguration in January a year ago.

On Friday, May and Trump will hold talks on Brexit, relations with Russian Federation and trade ties at the prime minister's Chequers country residence followed by a press conference.

He then travels north to Scotland where he and his wife Melania will spend the weekend privately.

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