Protests planned ahead of Trump arrival

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Kevin Lamarque / Reuters British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand together with U.S. President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump at the entrance to Blenheim Palace, where they are attending a dinner with specially invited guests and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain on July 12, 2018.

US President Donald Trump told the Sun newspaper that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way", he said.

Just hours before arriving in London, the U.S. president questioned progress in Brexit talks and Britain's new plan to remain close to the European Union on regulatory standards for goods.

"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?" I know they have had a lot of resignations.

Other eurosceptics who want a clean break with the bloc are also livid, prompting speculation they may launch a confidence vote against May.

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

Asked about Trump's comments, May said: "We're delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

This has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit", he added.

Trump said her plan would likely "kill" any UK-US trade deal.

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When the United Kingdom leaves the EU, May said that "there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", the BBC noted.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

"Donald Trump is in many ways a controversialist", he told the BBC. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 per cent had an unfavourable opinion of the president and just 50 per cent thought his visit should go ahead.

"I think it's fine", he said. "I am assuming that his mum told him that when you go to someone's house you do not insult the host".

Protests took place outside the Blenheim grounds in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, with several hundred demonstrators waving banners and placards reading Dump Trump, Not Welcome Here, Protect Children Not Trump and Keep Your Tiny Hands Off My Pussy!

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been an outspoken critic of Mr Trump, but the Scottish government has urged his opponents to protest peacefully.

He said London mayor Sadiq Khan, who has allowed protesters to raise a giant diaper-clad balloon mocking the United States president next to parliament on Friday, was doing "a awful job" on crime.

Scottish leaders of the Scottish Labour and the Scottish Greens, Richard Leonard and Patrick Harvie, also issued a joint statement urging the Scottish government to prevent the USA president landing at Prestwick airport.

Over a lunch of Dover sole, lamb and lemon meringue pie, the leaders will discuss Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.

Tall metal mesh barricades and concrete blocks have been erected around the perimeter of the US Ambassador's swanky central London residence, Winfield House, where Trump will spend Thursday night.

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