In the identical week that British prime minister Theresa Could outlined her imaginative and prescient for a “arduous” Brexit from the European Union — withdrawing from the one market and the customs union — US President Donald Trump met with Michael Gove, a number one Tory Eurosceptic.
Gove was readily available for Trump’s public announcement that the USA would transfer “in a short time” to succeed in a post-Brexit commerce take care of the UK.
Not surprisingly, Britain’s Brexiteers are actually touting a hypothetical commerce take care of the US as a approach to fill Britain’s post-EU commerce vacuum.
However this might show to be a hole resolution, provided that Britain maintains a commerce surplus with the US, and Trump is a vocal critic of American commerce deficits.
In the meantime, many observers in continental Europe are questioning if Britain’s pursuit of a bilateral take care of the US is nearly economics, or if it implies a broader shift in British international coverage.
The Could authorities’s latest behaviour means that it’s placing the brand new US administration’s pursuits earlier than these of the EU and the remainder of the world.
This method was on full show in December, when Could criticised then-US Secretary of State John Kerry’s condemnation of Israeli settlement building within the West Financial institution.
However maybe Could’s unorthodox intervention mustn’t have come as a shock, provided that Trump tends to reward such disruptive behaviour.