Donald Trump has given his latest words of advice on Brexit, saying we should ‘sue’ the EU to get a better deal.
The US president also said we should leave without a deal – but only after sending in Nigel Farage to see if he can get better terms.
He told the Sunday Times it was a ‘mistake’ not to involve Brexit Party leader Mr Farage in negotiations, saying he has a ‘lot to offer’ and is someone he likes ‘a lot’.
Mr Trump added: ‘He is a very smart person. They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.’
He is due to arrive in London tomorrow, when he will meet the Queen and have a state banquet during the first day of his visit.
Beforehand, he seemed keen to give his views on UK government policy.
Part of that should involve refusing to pay the EU divorce bill, he said.
He said: ‘If I were them I wouldn’t pay 50 billion dollars. That is me. I would not pay, that is a tremendous number.’
He suggested no deal was the best course of action if the EU refuses to renegotiate: ‘If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away… If you don’t get the deal you want, if you don’t get a fair deal, then you walk away.’
Mr Trump added it is not too late to ‘sue’ the EU to give Britain greater ‘ammunition’ in the talks.
Meanwhile Mr Trump vowed to ‘go all out’ to secure a free trade deal between the UK and US within months of Britain leaving the EU.
Defying diplomatic norms for the second time in as many days after telling The Sun he backs Boris Johnson to become the next prime minister, Mr Trump also said he would have ‘to know’ Jeremy Corbyn before authorising the sharing of highly sensitive US intelligence.
He also urged the Labour leader to ‘get along with the United States’ if he wants Britain to continue to benefit from US military and intelligence support, the paper reported.