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May locked in between a hard rock and granite ...

    "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing
    with the European Union instead of dealing with
    the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal."

                                    President Donald Trump

Trump: soft Brexit will 'kill' UK's chances of US trade deal  

Absent leadership - Theresa May in the political squeeze:
"A lady is not for turning ..."

Donald Trump holds hands with Theresa May in awkward public display of affection

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Trump suggests US and UK could strike a 'tremendous deal' on trade after Brexit | CNBC - July 15, 2018  |

With Brexit negotiations having hit rough shoals, May is under pressure to deliver on the 2016 vote to extricate the U.K. from the 28-member economic bloc.

"We would make a tremendously big deal" with Britain, Trump said in the interview, published by the Daily Mail, apparently trying to smooth over a firestorm created ahead of his visit.

"Oh I think we're going to have a great trade deal, I've really no doubt about it," Trump said in the interview. "We're going to get it. I said [to Theresa May], "Make sure you have a carve out, you have to have a carve out" - where no matter what happens they have the right to make a deal with the United States."

Barack Obama: As your friend, let me say that the EU makes Britain even greater | The Telegraph - Apr. 23, 2016 |

Nearly 80 years later, the United Kingdom remains a friend and ally to the United States like no other. Our special relationship was forged as we spilt blood together on the battlefield. It was fortified as we built and sustained the architecture for advancing stability and prosperity in Europe, and our democratic values around the globe. From the ashes of war, those who came before us had the foresight to create the international institutions and initiatives to sustain a prosperous peace: the United Nations and NATO; Bretton Woods, the Marshall Plan, and the European Union. Their efforts provided a foundation for democracy, open markets, and the rule of law, while underwriting more than seven decades of relative peace and prosperity in Europe.

Obama officials 'mocked Britain in secret and treated "special relationship" as a joke' | The Independent |
Donald Trump returns Winston Churchill's bust to the Oval Office

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Sep 20th, 2018 at 01:17:57 PM EST
Macron says May's Chequers Brexit blueprint 'not acceptable' | France24 |

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said British Prime Minister's so-called Chequers plan for Brexit was not acceptable following two days of EU talks in the Austrian city of Salzburg.

While noting that the Chequers plan was "a good and brave step" by Britain's May, the French president stressed that the blueprint was not a "take it or leave it" plan and that the bloc would "never accept a deal which would damage the EU and its integrity".

Addressing a press conference after the bloc's 27 leaders met -- without May -- Macron said, "We are today at the hour of truth" and that the bloc expected "new British proposals in October".  

EU Tusk statement: Theresa May's Brexit plan 'will not work' in devastating blow to PM

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Sep 20th, 2018 at 05:43:28 PM EST
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I don't know how it was reported elsewhere but the BB might as well have been at a state funeral. They were all but playing solemn music as they reported on how comprehensively May's proposals were rejected.

The gap over Ulster is just too great, everything else can be finessed but Ireland requires a hard solution.

She did look kinda shell-shocked actually. After months of tough negotiations with Jacob Rees-Mogg to create a set of proposals that avoid destroying the Tory party, she seemed genuinely surprised that she wasn't being applauded to the rafters in Salzburg for her clever proposals. It's almost as if it never occured to her that the EU had a viewpoint that needed to be considered.

It's not long until the Tory party conference and, given this debacle, I'd be shocked if there weren't stand up fights in the auditorium, resignations and a, metaphorical or otherwise, stabbing or two backstage.

And there's already talk of a General Election being called.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 20th, 2018 at 08:51:21 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
schedule a holiday out of town the day of.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 20th, 2018 at 09:20:56 PM EST
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May can't get it through her head that while it is the most important thing to her the EU doesn't give a damn about the Tory Party.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 04:40:53 PM EST
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