Britain’s Brexit predicament: Conflicting between EU and the US


President Donald Trump’s language of disruptive diplomacy seems to have smashed the UK government’s claim that Britain can have everything with regards to exchange once it leaves the European Union.

PM Theresa May likely expected a more accommodating position as she invited Trump to Britain this week, given that the populist head of US has been straightforward in his help for Brexit.

Rather, Trump burned her strategy towards the EU separate in a meeting with The Sun daily paper that stunned Britain’s political foundation.

May had overlooked his own particular counsel on how best to defy Brussels, he stated, while applauding her withdrew remote secretary. The beautiful Boris Johnson quit as opposed to partaking in transforming Britain into a “colony”, after May’s plan for Brexit was closed down by her bureau.
instead, Trump scorched her policy towards the EU divorce in an interview with The Sun newspaper that shocked Britain’s political establishment.

May had ignored his own advice on how best to confront Brussels, he said, while praising her departed foreign secretary. The colorful Boris Johnson quit rather than take part in turning Britain into a “colony”, after May’s blueprint for Brexit was signed off by her cabinet.

Johnson, one of the most prominent Brexit campaigners ahead of Britain’s June 2016 referendum, had said the country could “have our cake and eat it” by retaining close ties to the EU while also forging ahead with new trade deals with the rest of the world, including the United States.

May’s blueprint, fleshed out in a government white paper this week, argued that it was possible through a deal with the EU that would preclude the return of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.

Trump, however, torpedoed such thinking in his interview.

He said May’s plans to bind Britain’s economy closer to its European partners after Brexit would “probably kill” its hopes of a US trade deal.

The Political Hyperbole

Leaders endeavored to overlook Trump’s language at a press conference on Friday, demanding they were resolved to seek after a post-Brexit settlement.

May focused on London could remain on well-disposed exchange terms with both Brussels and Washington.

“It’s not either or,” she said at the presser.

The appeal of an unhindered commerce understanding (FTA) with Washington has propped up much talk by Brexiteers, and kept May resolved to proceed with Trump’s visit regardless of resistance from a huge number of protestors who reproved the trek.

That was the reason the administration’s white paper was “hidden by vital vagueness on exchange products”, said Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, chief of the European Center for International Political Economy in Brussels.

“The issue is that FTAs don’t really go that far,” he included.

“There is a great misconception in the Brexit debate about what an FTA can do. Many arguments are hyperbole or even outright false.”

“The UK can’t stand to estrange either the US or the EU, its two biggest outside exchange accomplices, and won’t have the capacity to pick an ‘either-or’ arrangement,” remarked Fiona Cincotta, a senior market investigator at City Index in London.

In any case, regardless of whether Britain can remove itself from the thick web of directions and duties coming about because of its times of EU participation, a US-UK exchange arrangement would be less demanding said than done.

Trump has started an exchange war as of now with the EU, China and others. There is nothing to recommend the unyielding dealmaker would go less demanding on Britain, and he may press hard for bringing down texes and simpler access for US industry to Europe’s second-greatest economy.


Free-trade deals that threaten to undermine institutions like the NHS have drawn mass protests elsewhere. A long-negotiated EU-Canada trade pact is staring at political defeat in Europe. A separate US-EU agreement is on ice.

So May faces an unpalatable choice. The United States may be Britain’s single biggest national trading partner, but the EU as a whole is far bigger.


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