Stuck between EU and US: Britain's Brexit dilemma

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LONDON: US President Donald Trump’s unique brand of disruptive diplomacy appears to have shattered the UK government’s claim that Britain can have it all when it comes to trade once it exits the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May probably expected a more helpful stance as she welcomed Trump to Britain this week, given that the populist leader has been outspoken in his support for Brexit.

Instead, Trump scorched her policy towards the EU divorce in an interview with The Sun newspaper that shocked Britain’s political establishment.

May had ignored his own advice on how best to confront Brussels, he said, while praising her departed foreign secretary. The colourful Boris Johnson quit rather than take part in turning Britain into a “colony”, after May’s blueprint for Brexit was signed off by her cabinet.

Johnson, one of the most prominent Brexit campaigners ahead of Britain’s June 2016 referendum, had said the country could “have our cake and eat it” by retaining close…

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