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An advantage the UK has at this point is that the US has clearly demonstrated its reliability or lack thereof in trade negotiations, treaty agreements, migration rules, military support, etc. There is no excuse for a UK politician of any stripe--even including BoJo--to be taken by surprise.

In fact, the US does not currently even try to keep the parameters secret. John Bolton, Woody Johnson, and plenty of others have been open about what will be required in the fast and easy UK-UK post-Brexit trade deal. And, incidentally, "take it or leave it" will be the negotiation position.

Furthermore, even if the UK decides to "take it," that is only an indication that with further negotiation, the US could get even more concessions--after additional roundabout discussions and backtracking and threats and promises and photo-ops.

by asdf on Tue Aug 27th, 2019 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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