Naked Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday claimed Brussels had “abandoned the idea of a free trade deal”.

And the UK’s chief negotiator, Lord Frost, told Mr Barnier not to bother travelling to London on Monday – as he had intended – as there was “no basis” on which to continue negotiations.

Business hates uncertainty.

Do any of y’all have a reliable gauge of U.K. sentiment?   I don’t trust their polls any more than our polls.   But my hunch is that support for Brexit, even without a deal, is likely to be a little higher now than two years ago, after two more years of Euro-intransigence.

What I am hoping is that Boris can have a beautiful new trade deal inked with a freshly victorious Trump by Thanksgiving.

Here is the link:

“Brexit: Less than 50% chance of EU trade deal, says Michael Gove”

https://news.sky.com/story/brexit-less-than-50-chance-of-eu-trade-deal-says-michael-gove-12107413

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8 thoughts on “Naked Brexit”

  1. Breeding will tell, inbreeding with tattle.   Protestant UK embraced achievement, affluence, personal rights, and joy.  Catholic UK embraced sacrifice, church and state, penury, and misery,  Socialist UK had WWII meat rationing through the early 1950s.  Muslim UK wants them all dead.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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  2. MJB:  “What I am hoping is that Boris can have a beautiful new trade deal inked with a freshly victorious Trump by Thanksgiving.”

    Why?  What have the English done for us lately?  Beyond working hand-in-glove with the Usual Suspects in the US Deep State to manufacture dodgy dossiers used to undermine the authority of President Trump?  Beyond the UK Ambassador to the United States personally publicly insulting the US President?  Beyond Boris himself bad-mouthing President Trump?

    I join with you in hoping that a freshly victorious Trump will be there to negotiate a new trade deal with Perfidious Albion.  And I hope that President Trump begins that negotiation by laying down a simple marker for the English fops — First, explain how your proposed trade deal is going to increase jobs & investment in the US and help to increase exports from the US to England to reduce the US’s overall trade deficit.  If the English trade negotiators cannot do that, send them home and tell them not to come back until they have a very good answer to the President’s question.

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  3. Uncle Al:
    Breeding will tell, inbreeding with tattle.   Protestant UK embraced achievement, affluence, personal rights, and joy.  Catholic UK embraced sacrifice, church and state, penury, and misery,  Socialist UK had WWII meat rationing through the early 1950s.  Muslim UK wants them all dead.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Crap. Our crazy uncle just made perfect sense to me.

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  4. Gavin Longmuir:
    Why?

    I think robust trade that benefits both nations will be achievable, and I trust Team Trump to arrive at a deal that suitably protects American interests.

    And quickly arriving at said deal would bolster Trump’s hand in other negotiations,

    while thumbing our nose at the E.U.

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  5. MJB:  “I trust Team Trump to arrive at a deal that suitably protects American interests.”

    The job of Team Trump (or any other trade negotiator) should be to do more than “protect” American interests — it should be to ADVANCE American interests.  That applies equally to all potential trade partners.

    Trade is good provided it benefits both sides — and it is perfectly reasonable for the US to aim to get the lion’s share of those benefits:  investment, jobs, taxes.  In too many existing trade deals, the US has given 200% of the benefits to the other side, with the US stuck with losing 100%.  The English have done nothing to deserve special treatment from the US.  The only expedited deal the US should be prepared to do with the English is one that gives the US clear benefits on the existential issue of rebuilding the hollowed-out US economy.

    Making an example of the English would bolster Trump’s hand in other negotiations.  Let the world know that the days of picking Uncle Sam’s pockets are over!

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