The Prime Minister has defended the withdrawal agreement, insisting it would pave the way for a trade pacts with nations around the world because under its terms the whole of the UK would leave customs unions. But in an extraordinary intervention just weeks after Mr Johnson clinched the last-minute deal with the Europeans, the US President revealed his distaste for the package during a phone interview with his friend Nigel Farage on LBC radio station. Mr Trump predicted a “ridiculous” situation further down the line if Britain left the bloc with the revised Brexit deal.
He said: “We want to do trade with the UK and they want to do trade with us and to be honest with you, this deal, under certain aspects of the deal you can’t do it, you can’t do it, you can’t trade.
“We can’t make a trade deal with the UK because I think we can do many times the numbers that we’re doing right now and certainly much bigger numbers than you are doing under the European Union.”
He added: “I know that Boris wants to be very careful with it.
Boris Johnson said his deal would open doors for the UK to trade with other nations after Brexit (Image: GETTY)
The Republican used a phone interview to launch his attack on Mr Johnson's deal (Image: GETTY)
“Yeah, because under certain ways we’re precluded. Which would be ridiculous.”
The Brexit Party leader echoed his disapproval, saying Mr Johnson’s deal amounted to nothing more than a reheat of Theresa May’s unpopular agreement, thrice rejected by Parliament.
After the conversation was aired, a Number 10 spokesman said: “Under this new deal the whole of the UK will leave the EU customs union, which means we can strike our own free trade deals