Theresa holds the Trump card for Brexit: Gove says offer of a quick US trade deal will strengthen Prime Minister’s hand in Brussels negotiations

  • Michael Gove says Trump’s trade promise means PM now ‘holds the cards’ 
  • President-elect said that he wanted to seal a trade agreement ‘very quickly’ 
  • Mr Gove says his words mean ‘it will enable her, I think, to secure a better deal’ 
  • Downing Street admits eagerness showed ‘opportunities’ of Brexit for the UK 

Theresa May now holds the cards in her negotiations with Brussels after Donald Trump offered her a ‘quick’ post-Brexit trade deal, Michael Gove said today.

The former education minister, who interviewed the President-elect on Friday, said the billionaire is ‘enthusiastic’ about Brexit and ’emotionally and financially invested’ in the process.

Trump promised a trade agreement between the two countries ‘very quickly’ – making a mockery of President Obama’s threat that, if the country voted for Brexit, we would be at the ‘back of the queue’.

Mr Gove said the offer of a US trade deal would strengthen Mrs May’s hand in the Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

‘The EU until now has been assumed to have a better hand to play, but the Prime Minister we now see has actually cards in her hand, including from candidate Trump, which will enable her, I think, to secure a better deal,’ Mr Gove said.

Michael Gove¿s good-natured interview with president-elect Donald Trump was a raft of optimism tossing in a sea of dire warnings (pictured together)

The President-elect plans to invite Theresa May to the White House, during an interview with former cabinet minister Michael Gove (pictured together)

Donald Trump gave Theresa May a huge boost today when he said he was eager to do a trade deal with the UK as quickly as possible

Donald Trump gave Theresa May a huge boost today when he said he was eager to do a trade deal with the UK as quickly as possible

Today Downing Street has hailed Donald Trump’s pledge to do a ‘great’ free trade deal with Britain – but made clear nothing can be sealed until after we formally leave the EU.

Theresa May is due to make a crucial speech outlining her Brexit blueprint tomorrow

Theresa May is due to make a crucial speech outlining her Brexit blueprint tomorrow

But the tycoon’s intervention is a huge boost to Mrs Mays ahead of her major speech on Brexit tomorrow.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said the president-elect’s enthusiasm showed the ‘opportunities’ of cutting ties with Brussels.

But she played down the idea that an agreement could be in place within months, saying the UK would ‘respect its obligations’ while it remains a member of the bloc.

Mr Gove said Mr Trump wanted a trade deal in place ready to sign as soon as the UK left the EU.

‘I think the president-elect wants to have something signature-ready at the earliest possible opportunity,’ he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

‘He stressed that he believed the European Union would potentially break up in the future and that other countries would leave. So in a sense he is both emotionally and financially invested in it.’

Brexit campaign leader Mr Gove said Mr Trump should be viewed as a businessman and his offer of a trade deal was a ‘sincere wish’.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that Mr Trump wants a ‘win-win deal’ and some of his colourful campaign statements could be attributed to his background as a ‘marketeer’.

‘Everything that he says is in capital letters and in glowing gold, but then he also, when he gets into the room, looks at the spreadsheet and tries to get the best possible outcome for both sides,’ Mr Gove said.

Business approach: The former education minister told ITV's Good Morning Britain that Mr Trump wants a 'win-win deal' and some of his colourful campaign statements could be attributed to his background as a 'marketeer'

Business approach: The former education minister told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that Mr Trump wants a ‘win-win deal’ and some of his colourful campaign statements could be attributed to his background as a ‘marketeer’

The former education secretary said that before the interview at Trump Tower he had the impression of the US president-elect as a ‘big, bombastic personality’.

‘When you actually meet him, yes he is an electric figure – charismatic – but also he is warmer … close up than you would imagine,’ he said.

Gove confronted over ‘assassination’ of Boris and asked: ‘What’s it like being called a backstabber?’

Piers Morgan cornered Michael Gove over his decision to sink Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign after the Brexit vote.

MailOnline’s US Editor-at-Large said: ”To many you were the steely-eyed assassin who stabbed Boris Johnson in the back’.

He then asked: ‘Have you enjoyed being described as the nastiest guy in politics and the biggest treacherous backstabber?’

Mr Gove, who is paid £150,000-a-year by The Times on top of his £74,962 MP’s salary, was on Good Morning Britain promoting his interview with Donald Trump.

He said: ‘No. But ultimately people throw all sorts of insults at you but your friends know the real you.’

Mr Gove admitted that he still speaks to Boris and David Cameron after the internal rows over Brexit.

He said: ‘I’m not going to get into who I talk to at what time’, adding he regretted ‘all sorts of stuff’ but would not be drawn further.

Despite his ‘aggressive’ persona on Twitter ‘in person he has honeyed words for almost everyone’.

Mr Trump was ‘enthusiastic’ about Brexit, Mr Gove added.

‘He stressed that he believed the European Union would potentially break up in the future and that other countries would leave. So in a sense he is both emotionally and financially invested in it.’

He said the offer of a US trade deal would strengthen Mrs May’s hand in the Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

‘The EU until now has been assumed to have a better hand to play, but the Prime Minister we now see has actually cards in her hand, including from candidate Trump, which will enable her, I think, to secure a better deal,’ Mr Gove said.

The Prime Minister had so far done an ‘exemplary job’, according to Mr Gove, who said he had a private conversation with Mrs May before Christmas.

He said leaving the single market and customs union would be the ‘logical consequence’ of the EU referendum result and suggested that Mrs May should confirm that in her major Brexit speech on Tuesday.

Mr Gove described Mr Trump’s conversational style as being like a river in spate, adding: ‘You throw pebbles into it and sometimes there are eddies and currents and from that you can read what it is that he wants.’

Mr Gove said he believed Mr Trump was an ‘admirer’ of Mrs May and wanted a swift and comprehensive trade deal with the UK.

The president-elect feels a sense of ‘ownership’ of Brexit and wants to see it succeed, because he was one of the first international political figures to support it, said the former cabinet minister.

Mr Gove told BBC1’s Breakfast: ‘It’s clear from what he says is that he is an admirer of the Prime Minister, is keen to see her as quickly as possible, and wants to have the strongest possible relationship between Britain and America, and I think – provided that relationship is conducted in a businesslike way – that can only be a good thing.’

Trump made revelations about Brexit during an interview with ex-cabinet minister Michael Gove (pictured today)

Pictured, Angela Merkel

Trump made revelations about Brexit, German chancellor Angela Merkel’s (right) immigration policy and a UK trade deal, during an interview with ex-cabinet minister Michael Gove (left today)

The incoming commander-in-chief spoke in glowing terms of his ‘love’ for the UK and revealed Mrs May would be coming to visit him ‘right after’ he gets into the White House.

Asked about the intervention, the PM’s spokeswoman said: ‘We welcome the commitment from the president elect to engage with the Uk on this to work together to agree a deal quickly.

‘That highlights the opportunities of leaving the EU.’

But she added that only ‘scoping’ discussions could be held before the end of the Article 50 process, and there were a ‘lot of issues to cover’ .

‘We have also been clear that we will respect our obligations while we remain in the EU,’ she said.

‘We cannot enter and sign a free trade agreement while we remain in the EU.

‘We will have scoping to look at what some of the areas may be … but we will continue to respect while we remain a member of the EU.

‘We will be having scoping discussions to look at the areas where we can benefit most.

‘There will be a lot of issues to cover with this.’

Chancellor Philip Hammond warned yesterday that the Government will come out fighting with tax cuts if the EU tries to ‘wound’ Britain during negotiations.

In a tough stance backed by Number 10, the Chancellor said the UK may be forced to change its economic model if it is locked out of the single market post-Brexit.

Setting out her blueprint for global Britain, the Prime Minister will stress her determination to strike tariff-free trade deals with the EU that replicate the best aspects of our current arrangements – but without the free movement of workers.

But her spokeswoman echoed the threat from Mr Hammond in the briefing to journalists today.

‘We want to remain in the mainstream of recognised, European-style tax systems. But if we are forced to do something different, then we stand ready to do so,’ she said.

Theresa May sends a Christmas letter to Trump detailing a famous Winston Churchill speech as she tells him the ‘special relationship’ should be inspired by ‘the most famous British-American’

Theresa May has invoked the spirit of Britain’s greatest leader as she tries to woo Donald Trump.

The Prime Minister wrote to the President Elect just after Christmas to build bridges amid shaky diplomatic relations and the need to secure a good post-Brexit trade deal with his administration.

Mrs May sent Mr Trump a copy of Winston Churchill’s speech to the American people at Christmas 1941.

In a letter dated December 29 she told him that ‘the sentiment he expressed — of a sense of unity and fraternal association between the United Kingdom and United States — is just as true today as it has ever been’.

Mrs May sent Mr Trump a copy of Churchill's speech to the American people at Christmas 1941, pictured with US President Franklin D Roosevelt in the Oval Office on Dece,ber 23 that year

Mrs May sent Mr Trump a copy of Churchill’s speech to the American people at Christmas 1941, pictured with US President Franklin D Roosevelt in the Oval Office on Dece,ber 23 that year

In a personal message she said: ‘I hope you managed to find some time to pause and spend time with your family over the holiday season’.

Churchill’s message to the American people on Christmas Eve 1941 was a rare and historic moment at a time of great peril for the world.

It was a turning point in the Second World War and came days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7.

He said: I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home.

‘Whether it be the ties of blood on my mother’s side, or the friendships I have developed here over many years of active life, or the commanding sentiment of comradeship in the common cause of great peoples who speak the same language, who kneel at the same altars and, to a very large extent, pursue the same ideals, I cannot feel myself a stranger here in the centre and at the summit of the United States.

‘I feel a sense of unity and fraternal association which, added to the kindliness of your welcome, convinces me that I have a right to sit at your fireside and share your Christmas joys’.

He added: ‘Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play.

‘Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world’.

In 1963 Churchill, who had an American mother, was the first person to given an honorary US passport. Only eight have ever been given.

Mrs May’s warm words to Mr Trump came amid the row over a former MI6 spy’s ‘dirty dossier’ on Trump and claims that the Government knew about the report and gave permission for him to speak to the FBI.

In January last year 500,000 people signed a petition demanding the billionaire should be banned from Britain after he called for a ban on Muslim immigrants in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

It drew angry reactions in Britain, where MPs even debated a motion to ban Mr Trump from entering the UK.

Mrs May, then the home secretary, described Mr Trump’s plan as ‘plain wrong,’ while Boris Johnson branded him ‘unfit’ to be President.

Her letter to him was sent days before it was revealed that the bust of Winston Churchill is set to be restored to the Oval Office by Donald Trump.

The sculpture of Britain’s war-winning Prime Minister taken out by Barack Obama in favour of a similar statue of Martin Luther King.

His decision to send the Churchill bust to the US Embassy in London caused outrage in Britain, with Boris Johnson labelling it a ‘snub to Britain’ and suggesting it was because of Obama’s ‘ancestral dislike of the British Empire.’

The bust, sculpted by Jacob Epstein, was given to George W Bush as a gift by Tony Blair, and was displayed throughout Bush's two presidential terms but removed by President Obama

The bust, sculpted by Jacob Epstein, was given to George W Bush as a gift by Tony Blair, and was displayed throughout Bush’s two presidential terms but removed by President Obama

But the president-elect was asked by the New York Times if he would bring Churchill back to the White House, he replied ‘I am, indeed, I am.’

When it was revealed the Obama had removed Churchill, he explained in a press conference that he has a second one located in his private residence in the White House.

He said: ‘I see it every day, including on weekends, when I’m going into that office to watch a basketball game.

‘The primary image I see is a bust of Winston Churchill. It’s there voluntarily, because I can do anything on the second floor. I love Winston Churchill.’

But the main bust, sculpted by Jacob Epstein, was given to George W Bush as a gift by Tony Blair, and was displayed throughout Bush’s two presidential terms.

Trump initially outlined his plans to return it back in November, in a move that was welcomed by his close ally Nigel Farage, but confirmed his intentions again this week.

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Theresa May Says EU is Trying to Hack Her Elections! HA!

Andrew Anglin
Daily Stormer
May 3, 2017

HAHAHA.

Someone other than Russia getting accused of “election meddling”!

This is like the fake news meme – a meme you should never let loose, as it may come back upon you!

Because they created this anti-Russian meme, which was meant to imply that like, Putin was hacking the voting machines or using space beams to control people’s brains. And then they said “oh well what we meant was that RT printed news against Hillary Clinton.”

So now when a normie hears “election meddling,” they get the whole Russian hacker meme in their brain.

RT:

In her toughest words yet, Prime Minister Theresa May has accused European officials of trying to influence the result of Britain’s general election with threats of harsh Brexit terms.

Speaking outside Downing Street on Wednesday, May adopted a tough tone, saying eurocrats do not want the talks to succeed and for Britain to “prosper” after Brexit. She also suggested that Britain’s negotiating position has been misrepresented in the European press.

“In the past few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be. Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press.

“The European commission’s negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on June 8.”

She added: “The events of the last few days have shown that whatever our wishes and however reasonable the positions of Europe’s other leaders, there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed and who do not want Britain to prosper.”  

That’s actually pretty hardcore.

I’m impressed.

I guess the upside of having a female leader of a country is that sometimes their emotion-driven outbursts are helpful to your own agenda.

She appeared to be referring to leaks in a German newspaper about her now infamous dinner meeting at Downing Street last week with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine, May and Juncker “clashed” over a number issues, with the eurocrat quoted as saying he was “10 times more skeptical than I was before.”

May initially dismissed the leaks as Brussels gossip, though reportedly said she could be a “bloody difficult woman.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May is playing “games with Brexit in the hope of winning advantage for the Tories.”

“By winding up the public confrontation with Brussels, the Prime Minister wants to wrap the Conservative party in the Union Jack and distract attention from her government’s economic failure and rundown of our public services.

“But Brexit is too important to be used as a political game in this election.

“These are vital negotiations for every person in Britain and for the future of our country. But Theresa May is putting party interest ahead of the national interest.”

He added: “Only Labour can be trusted to negotiate a Brexit deal that puts jobs and living standards first. Labour will negotiate a Brexit for the many not the few.”

Wow, I didn’t realize Corbyn was so hardcore about Brexit now.

I don’t really think about the guy unless he’s talking about exterminating Jews or when his brother is on the Alex Jones show to talk about the global warming hoax.

The British media never mentions this, but Piers Corbyn is like one of the world’s top climate change denialists. Seems like a good guy.

Global warming is retarded.

Anyway, good on May.

I hope she calls their bluff, 100% and gives them absolutely no money.

Britain’s entire role in the EU was giving money to europoors. There was absolutely zero benefit to Britain being in the Union.

Saying “you owe us money because you stopped letting us drain money from you” is insane.

But… I don’t really expect much of Theresa.

I think she’s just having an emotional fit, as women tend to do, but which in this situation, is resulting in results we enjoy.

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