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Trump laments EU toughness on Britain after Brexit delay

AFP  |  Washington 

US on Wednesday lamented the EU was being "so tough" with Britain after European leaders agreed to delay by six months.

Under a deal struck during late night talks in Brussels, Britain received a "flexible extension" until October 31, saving all sides from a chaotic no-deal British departure at the end of the week.

British had originally asked for a delay until June 30, but European leaders voiced doubts that British lawmakers would ratify a deal within three months.

The summit was more tense than expected, with France's opposing a long extension, with most others including German in favor.

Ultimately the longer plan won out, giving May more time to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament to ensure an orderly split -- but it appeared Trump believed had been treated harshly.

"Too bad that the is being so tough on the and Brexit," he tweeted.

He then turned his attention to the ongoing US trade spat with Europe, saying: "The EU is likewise a brutal trading partner with the United States, which will change. "Sometimes in life you have to let people breathe before it all comes back to bite you!"

Trump on Tuesday threatened to impose USD 11 billion in tariffs on European imports in retaliation over subsidies to aviation giant Airbus, suddenly escalating a transatlantic skirmish that is more than a decade old.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 12:30 IST