Theresa May would be "delusional" to think Donald Trump election can help post-Brexit trade deal with US, says top German politician

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Theresa May’s government would be “delusional” to think Donald Trump’s presidency will be good for the UK as it seeks a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, one of Germany’s most senior politicians has warned.

The Prime Minister congratulated Trump on winning the election this week, saying: “[The UK and US] are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.

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"I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

Axel Schafer, a leading member of the Social Democratic Party and Brexit adviser in Berlin, told the Times: “What changed [with Trump’s election] is the likelihood of a speedy and preferential trade deal between UK and US… Even before Tuesday the chances were rather low, now the hope for this kind of deal seems delusional.”

He added: “With a more inward-looking Trump administration, it is in United Kingdom’s own interest to seek close co-operation with their EU partners in this field.”

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Earlier this month, the Council of Economic Experts advised the German government that the best outcome from Brexit negotiations would be no Brexit.

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