The US president, Donald J. Trump said on Friday at a joint news conference he had given Mrs May a suggestion – but she had found it too “brutal”.
When questioned by the BBC’s Andrew Marr what he had said, the Prime Minister said: “He told me I should sue the EU – not go into negotiations.”
It came as another government member resigned over her Brexit plans, Robert Courts said he quit as a parliamentary private secretary at the Foreign Office to “express discontent” with Mrs May’s policy before key Brexit votes on Monday.
“I had to think who I wanted to see in the mirror for the rest of my life.” Mr Courts said in a tweet.
He could not tell his constituents he supported Mrs May’s proposals “in their current form.” Courts took over from ex-Prime Minister David Cameron as the Conservative MP for Witney, Oxfordshire in 2016.
Speaking to BBC’s Andrew Marr, May also said:
“Interestingly, what the president also said at that press conference was ‘don’t walk away’. Don’t walk away from those negotiations because then you’ll be stuck. So I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain.”
President Trump refused to give away details of the advice he had given Prime Minister May but speaking to US TV Network CBS he said:
“Maybe she’ll take it, it’s something she could do if she wanted to. But it was strong advice. And I think it probably would have worked.”