Britain Banks On Its Ties With The US As Brexit Transition Period Expires

As the Brexit transition expires on December 31, Britain would need to maintain a "special relationship" with its strongest single ally, the United States.

UK's 'special relationship' with the US is more fragile than ever. Just when Boris Johnson is banking on it
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit/Picture credit: CNN

As the Brexit transition expires on December 31, Britain would need to maintain a “special relationship” with its strongest single ally, the United States.

After Britain`s final ties with the European Union, whoever wins the US presidential election in November, either Donald Trump or Joe Biden will a have a very significant influence on the UK`s Brexit policy before the year ends.

In concert with the US, the foundations of NATO and the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network were formed and passed the test of time beyond political leaders who happen to be in charge of either government.

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A former British foreign secretary, Malcolm Rifkind said: “There’s no doubt Blair and Bush had a partnership that was unrivalled during the Iraq war. That same is true for Thatcher and Reagan during the Cold War.”

Many British politicians are now questioning whether the US can protect the UK`s interests in a post-Brexit world and whether the country can rely on the “special relationship”.

Johnson has been criticised for planning to override part of the Brexit deal he signed with the European Union, known as the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Thomas Scotto, Professor of Political Science at the University of Glasgow, said: “I don’t think the British public understands the reservoir of public support for Ireland in America. Growing up in America, I went to plenty of St. Patrick’s Day parades, but nothing for St George’s Day.

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“Britain certainly has a kinship with the US, but it remains unforeseen what happens if the US is forced to choose between Ireland and Britain.”

This season Johnson has been under a lot of pressure as trade talks with Brussels are reaching their height just as the coronavirus is resurging. There has been a number of minor but significant rebellions within the party over the way he was dealing with both situations.

The UK will have to maintain a “special relationship” with the US political leaders to gain their full support post-Brexit.

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