As Theresa May flies out to Saudi Arabia, we should beware of Britain’s new Brexit allies | The Independent

English: Saudi Arabia

English: Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a useful article from Andrew Smith in the Independent. He reports that it’s been three months since Theresa May called for Brexit to be the birth of “a truly global Britain” and we’re starting to see what that actually means. He suggests that over recent months, we have seen Government ministers amassing huge numbers of air miles in a bid to form new trading relationships and strengthen older ones.

Source: As Theresa May flies out to Saudi Arabia, we should beware of Britain’s new Brexit allies | The Independent

Brexit risks remain severe and probable, especially the future trading relationship with the EU. In mitigation, the government is turning to global opportunities but there are risks too in those opportunities. Sadly, arms sales are big business but this will probably mean turning a blind eye to restrictions on civil liberties. Theresa May has cuddled up to Erdogan, Trump and now seeks to do the same in autocratic Middle Eastern regimes.

I fear that by the next election thanks to David Cameron letting the genie out of the bottle, Britain will be a very different place. It’s interesting to speculate on the winners and losers in post-Brexit Britain?


The Political Logic of Hard Brexit by Jacek Rostowski – Project Syndicate

Project Syndicate

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Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent read published by Project Syndicate; the author, Jacek Rostowski, was Poland’s Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013.It argues powerfully that little more than three months after the UK’s decision in June to leave the EU, British politics is careening out of control. It suggests that an almost revolutionary – and very un-British – dynamic has taken hold, because the Brexiteers are desperately seeking to avoid being exposed as having no negotiating power.

Source: The Political Logic of Hard Brexit by Jacek Rostowski – Project Syndicate

He points out that Prime Minister Theresa May‘s  “Little Englanderspeech at the Conservative Party conference signalled that the UK is heading for a “Hard Brexit,” claiming that outcome would run counter to British public opinion, citing a July BBC/ComRes poll, and an an ICM poll.

Theresa May does not have a popular mandate for a Hard Brexit nor for reversing many of David Cameron’s election pledges. Surely, there’s an overwhelming case for an election at the earliest opportunity?