The Prime Minister hit out again at the US president after he branded her Brexit deal “good for the EU”, plunging her in an even deeper crisis as she is struggling to gather supporters of the accord on national soil. Speaking to ITV News, she defended the deal approved on Sunday by the EU27, saying: “One of the things I’m going to be talking about here at the G20 is this whole issue of trade around the world. “I’m very happy to tell President Trump and others that we will have an independent trade policy, because we will have an independent trade policy, we will be able to do trade deals.
“It is expressly referenced in the deal that we have negotiated with the EU.
“It says we will be able to do those trade deals, and we will be able to do them with the US and others.
“In fact we have working groups working with the US to look at how we can develop a trade deal with them once we’ve left the EU.”
This was not the first time Mrs May lashed out at Mr Trump’s criticism regarding her Brexit deal.
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On Wednesday, she insisted early trade talks with Washington were going “very well”.
Speaking about the ongoing negotiations with the US, the Prime Minister said: “We have already been talking to them about the sort of agreement that we could have in the future.
“We have a working group set up and that is working very well, has met several times and is continuing to work with the US on this.”
Mrs May’s spokesman added the joint UK-US trade and investment working group had met five times so far, most recently this month, for “positive and productive discussions”.
Tensions between Mrs May and Mr Trump emerged on Monday, when asked to comment on the Brexit deal, Mr Trump said: “It sounds like a great deal for the EU.”
“I think we have to take a serious look at whether or not the UK is allowed to trade, because right now if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us.
“That wouldn’t be a good thing and I don’t think they meant that. but hopefully, Theresa May will be able to do something about that.”
This comment reinforced the positions of those MPs waging a war against the deal.
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More than 90 Tory lawmakers are said to be ready to vote down the agreement in Parliament on December 11, despite Mrs May said the Government has “no plan B” and her deal is “the best possible one”.
Among them, there is arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who earlier this week said: “Donald Trump has pointed out something that is obvious from reading the withdrawal agreement.
“We will not be able to make trade deals with other countries because we will be bound into the EU’s customs union.”
Mrs May is taking advantage of the ongoing G20 summit in Buenos Aires to champion the global Britain she hopes to shape with her Brexit deal.
In the run-up to the annual gathering of the 20 global superpowers, the Prime Minister said Brexit will have a positive impact on the world economy and granted firms will “benefit” from it.
She added: “We will play a full and active role in trade on the global stage, working with friends new and old, at a time of unprecedented global inter-connectedness.”