General election 2019: No 10 defends Brexit deal after Trump criticism

Downing Street has defended the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU, following criticism from the US president.

Donald Trump said the US “can’t make a trade deal with the UK” under Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal agreement.

But a No 10 spokesperson said the deal meant “we can strike our own free trade deals around the world, from which every part of the UK will benefit”.

Other comments made by Mr Trump led Labour to accuse him of trying to “interfere” in the election.

Speaking to LBC, the president said Mr Corbyn would be “so bad” as prime minister and that Mr Johnson was “the exact right guy for the times”.

Mr Corbyn accused him of “trying to interfere” in the UK general election to boost “his friend Boris Johnson”.

The UK is going to the polls on 12 December following a further delay to the UK’s departure from the EU, to 31 January 2020.

Mr Johnson hopes to win a majority of seats so that he can get his deal through Parliament – while Mr Corbyn promises another referendum if he wins the keys to 10 Downing Street.

In August, Mr Trump promised a “very big trade deal” with the UK and predicted that leaving the EU would be like losing “an anchor round the ankle”.

But speaking to supporter Nigel Farage on LBC, Mr Trump was critical of the withdrawal agreement Mr Johnson recently reached with EU leaders.

Mr Trump said: “We want to do trade with UK and they want to do trade with us.”

But he added: “To be honest with you… this deal… under certain aspects of the [Brexit] deal… 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.”

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