Donald Trump has suggested Theresa May’s Brexit agreement could threaten a US-UK trade deal.
The US president told reporters the withdrawal agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” and meant the UK might not be able to trade with the US.
No 10 insisted it is “very clear” the UK would be able to sign trade deals with countries around the world.
Downing Street added that Mrs May is ready to defend her deal in a TV debate with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
It has been reported the debate could take place on 9 December – two days before the Parliamentary vote on Mrs May’s deal.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Mr Trump said: “Right now if you look at the deal, [the UK] may not be able to trade with us. And that wouldn’t be a good thing. I don’t think they meant that.”