Monday, 26 December 2016

Brexiters hopes that Trump will save it dashed.

 It came as something of a shock to the British establishment that President-elect Donald Trump backed Nigel Farage to become the British ambassador to the United States.
Throwing diplomatic protocol out the window, Trump tweeted overnight that Farage would do a “great job!” as Britain’s top diplomat in Washington.
Some Breiters even if they detested Farage  and thought the idea ludicrous may have thought that President Trump and  his team nay be a White Knight and the US will  be a staunch ally to a UK outside the European Union.

Maybe not as the Times reports
Donald Trump’s new trade chief has urged Britain’s rivals to profit from Brexit and take business away from the UK, it has been reported.
Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary designate, said Britain faced a “period of confusion” following the EU vote, according to The Times.
He said that it was “inevitable” there would be “relocations” of businesses and institutions.
The billionaire businessman added that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU was a “God-given opportunity” for London’s financial rivals.

In particular, he named Frankfurt and Dublin.
Mr Ross will be responsible for negotiating exactly the sought of  free trade deal with the UK that Brexiters will be praying for.
His reported comments will raise concerns the incoming US administration will seek to exploit Britain’s isolation following Brexit.
Mr Ross was said to have made his comments to an audience of Cypriot financiers in the days following last June’s referendum vote.
Although the comments were made before he had been appointed to Mr Trump’s cabinet. it may well indicate that Trump and his team are not the UK biggest friends and prove ones again the mythical "Special Relationship" doesn't exist.
“I recommend that Cyprus should adopt and immediately announce even more liberal financial service policies than it already has so that it can try to take advantage of the inevitable relocations that will occur during the period of confusion,” he is quoted as saying.
Labour said his comments, should be a “salutary warning” that other countries were ready to take advantage of the UK’s vulnerability.
I doubt very much Trump despite his rhetoric has any attention of treating the UK more favourably , the man is a master of deceit and Nigel Farage will not have any influence on him any more than Mussolini had on Hitler.


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