The US election and the 'Special Relationship'
Whatever the outcome of the US election, "there seems minimal prospect for a renaissance of the Thatcher-Reagan or Blair-Clinton/Bush 'golden' eras", writes Professor Rob Singh in an essay published on the UK in a Changing EU project website.
Professor Singh considers the nature of the relationship between the US and a post-Brexit UK in the event of a Trump or Clinton presidency.
"[Leaving the EU] eaves the UK even more dependent on the US to project global power – just when American attentions appear to be becoming more insular. Obama noted in April that a Leave vote would place the UK ‘at the back of the queue’ for a new US trade deal. Although he subsequently revised his initial formulation, it confirmed the relationship’s fundamental asymmetry, one that most Americans regard with little sentimentality."
Professor Singh's book, After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order, was published in May 2016.
Published: 08 November 2016