Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Trump Jumps Again Into Brexit Debate

Trump Jumps Again Into Brexit Debate

Speaking as voting on whether to rule out a no-deal Brexit began at Westminster, Mr Varadkar said: "It's always important to remind ourselves that the decision that the United Kingdom has made, a decision that we deeply regret in Ireland and across Europe".

As is the norm on the St. Patrick's weekend, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in the White House for the regular meeting.

Trump added: "I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation".

At the event, President Trump described Irish people as inspiring, sharp, and smart, but brutal enemies you have to keep as your friends. "I regret Brexit's happening".

He also said another vote on Brexit would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a USA trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

Parliament will vote later Thursday on whether to extend the March 29 deadline for a deal. "I predicted it was going to happen".

Ireland is at the center of the practical discussion of how Britain would separate itself from the European Union and its open movement of goods and people, because the only affected land border runs between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

British lawmakers voted Thursday not to seek a do-over vote, at least for now. But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful.

In his speech, Mr Varadkar said: "Your ambition is to "Make America Great Again", and I think we can already see some of the results of that".

The prime minister said while their views on Brexit differ, the relationship between the USA and Ireland remains strong.

The Irish leader aims to use the meeting to reaffirm the historical ties between Ireland and the United States. "There is very deep-seated animosity within the Irish government to Brexit".

Pence glossed over the Brexit disagreement as he welcomed Varadkar for the breakfast, and grew nostalgic as he recounted his grandfather's emigration from Ireland and his own affection for the country.

Varadkar is one of only a handful of openly gay world leaders. Pence got the pronunciation right - "TEE-shuck" - and said he, too, plans a trip to Ireland shortly. He said: "It wasn't that I was a supporter". He said: "If they don't talk to us, we're going to do something pretty severe economically".

He said: "I know he is a supporter of Brexit and I am not". But it will all work out.

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