Brexit from a US Point of View

  • Paul J. J. Welfens


The traditional US policy positions multilateralism and support for European integration are contrasted to US protectionism and bilateralism under President Trump. How will the Trump administration approach Brexit in the light of Trump’s remarks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NAFTA, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)? Welfens examines the idea of a US–UK version of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and how the “special relationship” between London and Washington could evolve. Closer UK–US relations will offer some opportunities, but also present challenges—particularly in the bank and financial services sector. The political reputation of Theresa May’s “Global Britain” may be damaged by associating itself too closely with a protectionist, anti-free trade US, which may seek to undermine the EU.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesBergischen Universität WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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