Trump, speaking with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, says another Brexit vote would be unfair [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

US President Donald Trump has said Britain’s debate over leaving the European Union is “tearing the country apart”.

Trump said he was “surprised at how badly” the negotiations have been handled. The US president, who sees himself as a master deal-maker, said he gave advice to British Prime Minister Theresa May but that she did not listen to him.

He said both sides are very “cemented in” and he called it a “tough situation” and a “shame”.

On Thursday, the UK Parliament voted in favour of delaying the UK’s departure from the EU which was scheduled to

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