July 13, 2018 / 8:01 AM / 4 months ago

British PM May could change her mind on Brexit: Conservative lawmaker

British Prime Minster Theresa May and her husband Philip, wait to welcome U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Blenheim Palace, where they are attending a dinner with specially invited guests and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has an opportunity to reverse her strategy for Brexit, a eurosceptic lawmaker in her Conservative Party said on Friday, criticising her plan for maintaining close trade ties with the European Union.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told BBC radio it was “perfectly reasonable” for U.S. President Donald Trump to say May’s plans would kill a future free trade deal with the United States.

Asked if he could change May’s plan without changing the prime minister herself, he replied: “Yes I think that’s possible. The prime minister has changed her mind before ... and we need to get back to what she said at Lancaster House which was a very good blueprint for leaving.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Kate Holton

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