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Trump’s shot across the bows at Brexit Britain

First published: 01/06/2018

For some time now, some of us have been trying to make the case that the Global Britain rhetoric beloved of government Brexiters and their supporters is a dangerous fantasy. Cue Donald Trump, who apparently wants to underline that point for us. This week he announced that the EU, along with Canada and Mexico, will be subject to new tariffs on steel and aluminium (25 and ten per cent respectively). The message is that erratic and impulsive trade policy now prevails over allies and the rules-based world trade order the US created and nurtured. There are grave warnings here for Brexit Britain. Read on….