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The idea that the US would "turn towards the Pacific" has been floating around since WW2, but we keep getting distracted from Japan and China by the common language thing with the UK.

Maybe now that the UK doesn't provide an easy interface to the EU any more, the US will notice that the players are China, the EU, and the US, in that order, and make a more concerted effort to figure out a westward-looking strategy.

The UK is now, one assumes, almost completely irrelevant in terms of global trade. Scotland and NI will run off with what is left of the fisheries and the car factories, airplane factories, international students and scientists, and financial houses will gradually relocate to the EU. Or suddenly.

It will be interesting to see if the UK can continue to attract US tourists if the economic situation becomes unsupportable. Going to London and buying some English gear is one thing; eating canned peas and turnips in the fancy hotel restaurant is another.

by asdf on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 10:46:08 PM EST
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