Brexit Daily Roundup: More Donald Trump
It’s been a day and there’s no let up from the Donald being the top news story. Now that the world has had time to accept that it wasn’t all a dream (or nightmare), it’s time to focus on the US election’s impacts. Brexit news looks at exactly that. As you can imagine, this is all the more trickier given Donald Trump’s habit of flip-flopping on policy!
For some Brexiteers, President Trump is good news. Nigel Farage allied himself with Donald Trump in the run up to the election. Donald Trump has also said that he wanted to be Mr Brexit. However, whilst both Brexit and Donald Trump share a common goal in being the anti-elite and anti-establishment answer to the status quo, this doesn’t necessarily mean they share a common outcome. (Let’s face it, we’re still none the wiser as to what the desired outcome is for either!)
So what next for the ‘Special Relationship’?
From the FT:
Mr Trump’s election should prompt some serious soul searching about the UK’s place in the world. For decades, Britain has tried to act as a transatlantic bridge between the US and Europe, maintaining strong security and intelligence ties with Washington and a healthy trading relationship with Europe’s single market. Today both ends of that bridge are broken and the UK looks worryingly isolated.
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From the Guardian:
The concern will be that the UK finds itself stranded between Europe and the US, and that as the two blocs become increasingly estranged, Britain’s role as the bridge between Washington and Europe becomes untenable or irrelevant.
From The Economist:
Mr Trump has long pledged to pursue a tough line in negotiations and seems to fancy a tariff war with China. Protectionism is infectious. If, as seems likely, Britain leaves the EU’s customs union on quitting the organisation, it may well find itself trying to negotiate new trade terms at a time when economies around the world are pulling up the drawbridge.
Read more in Donald Trump’s win will make Brexit more painful.
And finally, from Sky News:
So yes, Britain stands to be at the front of the queue of Trump trade deals. But does that queue lead anywhere quickly?
A closer special relationship is plausible, but where President Trump takes the world more generally is far more of a mystery.
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