andymacandy wrote:Truth is, by the time we actually get close to negotiating trade deals on our own, should that ever happen, Trump will be history, and we will be dealing with a Democrat.
At least, I fervently hope so.
No one - Democrat, Republican, Chinese Communist or German Eurocrat - is going to do us any favours because we are Britain, they are all going to screw us to the max because we will be medium sized economy with no multinational backing and not an awful lot to sell the world.
The idea that we will be able to strike advantageous trade deals with super powers and trade blocks because we are Britain, and I am not saying this is your view Andy, is delusional.
Estimates as to how much GDP we will lose outside the Customs Union and Single Market are 8-10% and that is a depression sized loss that will not be recovered from ever.
I imagine some people in Government who aren't disaster capitalists ready to make a killing off the destruction of the UK, Hello Rees-Mogg, realise this and that is why we are inching towards a very soft Brexit very slowly.
But the whole thing is some sort of vast national delusion that we are important, deserve respect and will be treated fairly in international trade deals; we will be treated like we treated the Chinese during the Opium Wars and I imagine many countries will thoroughly enjoy making us an impoverished international irrelevance.