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I hear the UK looks to the US like Ireland looks to the UK. But the bigger cousins rarely look back to the smaller (embarassing?) cousins. Which is why the UK establishment is now surprised by 'uppity' Ireland in the Brexit negotiations. And the UK will be surprised by how shallow the spheshial relashionship with the US is when trade negotiations start and they will be forced to import their crappy food.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 10:24:59 AM EST
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The US media coverage of the UK focuses almost entirely on the royal family. The vast majority of Americans have little knowledge of or interest in contemporary Britain, and do not know about and could not care less about Brexit. Any thought that the US might somehow bail out the UK from its problems is completely off the track.
by asdf on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 09:24:25 PM EST
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UK politicians have shown very little understanding of Irish politics and many have taken their lead mainly from the DUP. Being a small country beside a much larger one means that you have you have to be very aware of its politics. Brexit is an even bigger issue for Ireland than it is for the UK, and yet it is driven entirely by our bigger neighbour with little regard for its impact elsewhere. Without the EU on our side, there is little we could have done - a fact which probably annoys Brexiteers even more and reinforces their hatred of the EU.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 09:48:47 PM EST
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