Abandoning Britain on Brexit
“Why is America AWOL” on Brexit? asked David Frum. For decades, U.S. presidents have “wanted Britain in Europe”—and for good reason. Britain could be relied on to represent America’s continental interests; “veto anti-American actions by other European countries, especially France”; and oppose policies that “ran counter to U.S. economic interests.” That’s why President Obama backed the Remainers ahead of the 2016 vote. But, sadly, President Trump was a cheerleader for Brexit, and has “played no role” in helping Britain after the “Leave” vote. After dangling the prospect of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement, he even slapped the Brits with steel and aluminum tariffs in the summer. Our ally is “in desperate trouble,” facing the prospect of being forced to leave the EU without an agreement, and “a responsible American president” would offer to negotiate a “face-saving compromise” between the U.K. and the EU. But with his “America First” mindset, Trump has “abdicated leadership” in the world at a time when it is most needed. “Brexit, along with Trump’s trade war, is jolting the world economy, frightening financial markets, and edging us all closer to the next global recession.” America won’t be spared the suffering that is coming.