UK Vol.67 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.13)

Here are articles on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting with US President Donald Trump, et al. Excerpts are on our own.

Theresa May, I hope you cringed at Trump’s grasp. The alternative is grim (w Videos; 1/28/2017) | @jhedelstein @guardian

Trump’s Press Conference With British Prime Minister, Annotated (1/27/2017) | @NPR

‘OPPOSITES ATTRACT:’ THERESA MAY ON DONALD TRUMP AND RENEWING THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP (1/27/2017) | @Reuters @Newsweek

Theresa May: Donald Trump to make state visit to UK (1/27/2017) | @elizamackintosh @CNN

How did the WhiteHouse Stumble on Theresa May’s Visit? Let Us Count the Ways. (1/27/2017) | @emilyctamkin @ForeignPolicy

Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump ‘could sour Brexit negotiations’ (1/27/2017) | @DanielBoffey @guardian
… Macron added that he now feared the EU could no longer rank the US as a reliable partner in safeguarding western values. “What’s happening today with Trump’s first statements and choices is extremely serious and worrying,”…
…Michel Barnier…
A European commission spokesman declined to comment on Barnier’s private views. He repeated the organisation’s official position that the UK is not legally permitted to negotiate on the detail of future trade deals while still under treaty obligations with the EU. …
…the chancellor, Philip Hammond, insisted the UK would abide by its obligations to wait until it withdrew from the EU. …

British Alignment With Trump Threatens European Order (1/26/2017) | @Max_Fisher @nytimes
… “The people at the top of our system, whether they’re politicians or officials or journalists or think tankers like me, we’re all totally focused on Brexit,” said @CER_Grant @CER_London. “We haven’t thought about Trump as much as we should have.”. …
“The British debate on Trump is over very trivial stuff, like who Trump spoke to before May, and the German debate is over the future of the liberal order in the West,” said @markhleonard @ecfr. …
…Mr. Trump offered to reward Britain’s exit from the European Union with a speedy trade deal. But this risks encouraging more exits from the bloc and possibly its disintegration. …
“If America eases up on Russia, Britain will be under heavy pressure to pick the United States, not to side with Merkel,” said @RobinNiblett @ChathamHouse. …
Jeremy Shapiro @ecfr… …said he had been unable to convince British officials that Mr. McCain, whom Mr. Trump has publicly mocked, was an unlikely savior.
Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies @KingsCollegeLon… “There isn’t a Plan B,”…
Mrs. May is only barely holding together the governing Conservative Party, leaving her overwhelmingly focused on managing divisions that are mostly about Brexit and migration. …
Other European states are already preparing for the possibility that the Continent can no longer rely on Britain, Mr. Leonard said, on issues from Russia to the Iran nuclear deal to global free trade. …

Donald Trump and Theresa May caught holding hands in White House photo – It is unclear who initiated the contact (1/27/2017) | Tom Batchelor @Independent

LIVE – Donald Trump tells Theresa May: ‘Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country’ as two leaders hold hands at White House | @barneyhenderson & @nickallen789 @Telegraph
… Challenged about his views on torture, Russia, banning Muslims and punishment for abortion by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Trump joked to Mrs May: “This was your choice of a question. There goes that relationship.” …

Theresa May meets Donald Trump – but what does she hope to gain? (1/27/2017) | @RachelRizzo & @Jparakilas @NewStatesman
… Unfortunately, the pomp and circumstance hides the fact that this relationship will not be easy for the United Kingdom. The special relationship has always been asymmetrical – both in terms of the outright power balance and the extent to which the relationship is considered unique. But the collision of Brexit and the aggressively idiosyncratic beginning of the Trump presidency has left the UK in a much less advantageous position than normal. …
… At a time when those relationships with its closest neighbours are complicated, it is absolutely crucial that the UK’s other critical relationships can be seen as resilient and improving. …
…he will push for a trade deal written on Washington’s terms, not London’s – and May will have little leverage to push back.
In the longer term, Trump’s desire to build a closer relationship with Russia and challenge China stands diametrically opposed to Britain’s positions… …a crisis under these conditions might very rapidly put British foreign policy in an untenable position.
May is therefore in an exceptionally tricky position. She has little choice but to reaffirm the strength and importance of the US-UK relationship, and to hope that doing so will buy her influence that she can use to gently steer President Trump away from some of his more outlandish promises. …

Brexit, Donald Trump and the threat to Europe (1/19/2017) | @philipstephens @FT
… It was not until this week that Mrs May finally accepted the remorseless logic of her determination to shut out Polish plumbers and Hungarian fruit-pickers. …
Britain will cease to be a platform for foreign businesses — manufacturing and services — that want to sell unimpeded into the world’s largest market. Companies will face new barriers to trade with an EU 27 accounting for more than two-fifths of British exports. Dozens of third-country trade deals will be upended. As economic ties weaken, political relationships will wither. …
… At Mr Trump’s bidding, Mr Johnson is busy scuppering European criticism of Israel. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will be obliged to ready Buckingham Palace for a visit from the Trump circus.
British leaders always fret about getting on with new incumbents in the White House. The relationship is an essential pillar of national security. As the English Channel widens, the neediness looks set to grow. Mr Trump has promised a trade deal. So there would have been no harm in a little flattery. There comes a point, though, at which fawning sinks to self-abasement. …
More than half a century ago Britain bowed to US pressure and pulled out of an Anglo-French enterprise to retake control of the Suez Canal. France cried treachery. …a united Europe would be France’s revenge against the perfidious Anglo-Saxons. …

…but he’ll soon learn that this doesn’t mean May wants the overarching European project to fail. …

Theresa May needs a better defence: Mirror Politics morning briefing:The Prime Minister’s launch of a new industrial strategy is overshadowed by the row over Trident (1/23/2017) | @JBeattieMirror @DailyMirror

Hundreds of thousands of retired Britons in EU ‘may be forced to return’ (1/18/2017) | @lisaocarroll @guardian
Hundreds of thousands of elderly Britons living in Europe may be forced to return to the UK unless the government guarantees that their healthcare will continue to be reimbursed by the NHS…
Retired Britons in receipt of a British pension and their dependents can access medical treatment for free, or near free, in countries such as Spain, France and Germany, with the cost reimbursed by the UK government. Some workers posted overseas can also avail themselves of the “S1” benefit. …
Debbie Williams, who was giving evidence about Britons in Belgium, said the healthcare support provided by the Treasury could be “a dealbreaker for some people”. …
“The British government is our government,” retorted Nicolas Hatton, a French citizen and founder of the3million campaign group.

A NEW DAWN: Theresa May lands in Washington ahead of meeting with President Trump after evoking Thatcher and Reagan in historic speech to US lawmakers- Prime Minister tells leading Republicans that Brexit Britain and Trump’s America have the ‘responsibility’ to lead the world (1/26/2017) | @_NealBaker @TheSun

If UK Didn’t Leave the Single Market, What Was the Point of Brexit? (1/18/2017) | @MrRBourne @thehill @CatoInstitute
… The European Commission itself believes the single market has only raised EU-wide GDP by 2.1 percent. For the U.K., this would be less significant. …
Its proposed “Great Repeal Bill”, despite its name, will actually transcribe all existing EU law and regulation onto British statutes, meaning there’s no cliff-edge in regulatory compliance for business.
As a result, at the point of exit, U.K. firms will still be fully compliant with EU rules. …

Be careful what you wish for: a tale of two prime ministers (10/2/2016) | Richard Rose @PolStudiesAssoc