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    Brexit is Taking a Toll on the UK's International Clout

    The Brexit vote was for many Brits much like the vote for Trump here in the US. It was a big ole middle finger to the powers that be. But in so doing they cut their noses off to spite their faces.

    Too bad that’s changing. A few recent events illustrate how Brexit has taken its toll on Britain’s foreign policy. In June, the U.K. lost a humiliating U.N. General Assembly vote over the Chagos Islands. London had tried to block an effort by Mauritius to refer a dispute over the islands to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In a stone-cold move that would have been unthinkable 18 months ago, several EU and NATO partners chose to abstain, rather than support the U.K.

    Then in late November, the U.K. failed to secure a second term for its judge serving in the ICJ, losing against a challenger from India. Having deemed it “impractical” to exercise its veto against a coalition of developing countries, the U.K. found itself without a seat on the court for the first time since it was set up in 1945.

    Such incidents are superficial compared to the bigger picture: For power summitry that really matters — like the G7 — the U.K. presence has been barely noticeable since its domestic conundrums started to pile up. One sherpa present at the 2016 Ise-Shima summit, just before the Brexit referendum, recalled that “no one took notice whenever the U.K. raised an issue, and just simply changed the topic.” Silent treatment is cruel, even in the clubhouse of power-alphas.


    The truth is that Britain’s strategic importance has been waning with an exponential half-life, even before Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May is scaling up the country’s presence on NATO’s border with Russia, Iraq and Afghanistan. But the U.K. rarely has an indispensable role.
    Brexit could very well be the country’s worst geo-economic miscalculation to date. The U.K.’s global role springs from its close relationships with continental Europe (from which it is abdicating) and the White House. The declining affinity between the U.K. and the U.S. in recent years has proven the limits of Britain’s influence over a range of issues, from a transatlantic trade pact to intervention in Syria. And the era of America First makes it unlikely it will return anytime soon.
    https://www.politico.eu/article/brex...nking-britain/
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    We're not far behind.

    Withdrawing to the sidelines to see what the rest of the world will do when they learn they don't need us. Pretending we can step back in and matter at any point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    We're not far behind.

    Withdrawing to the sidelines to see what the rest of the world will do when they learn they don't need us. Pretending we can step back in and matter at any point.
    Hopefully Trump will be gone before too much damage can be caused. Trump does not have the apparatus behind him to affect too much change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    The Brexit vote was for many Brits much like the vote for Trump here in the US. It was a big ole middle finger to the powers that be. But in so doing they cut their noses off to spite their faces.





    https://www.politico.eu/article/brex...nking-britain/
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