US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

Published:  1 Jan at 6 PM
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UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner.

At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s not yet clear over the UK’s future direction. In the case of a possible no-deal Brexit, a US deal would also be a non-starter due to the expected economic chaos. Remainers' responses might well point out that the UK is far from clear as to the USA's direction right now.

Losing the much-vaunted USA trade deal due to voting down May’s hated agreement would leave the British government with no real alternatives except to call a general election or agree to a ‘peoples’ vote’ on the Brexit disaster. At the present time, British politicians are well aware a no-deal Brexit would result in serious, long-term damage to the British economy and hardship for millions of citizens. The spectre of huge numbers of returning elderly expat Brits needing medical and surgical care as well as housing and social security is haunting parliament as well as the country’s hospitals and town halls.

In the meantime, new figures show the numbers of Britons who’ve applied for Irish passports has soared over the past year, with in excess of 200,000 applications now received. Figures show a 20 per cent increase over their 2017 levels, with the majority of passports being issued to adults. Any person born in the Republic of Ireland or who can prove an Irish parent or grand parent is entitled to apply, with the qualification covering at least six million UK citizens. It’s also possible for those who qualify to hold dual citizenship.
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