Sunday 4 December 2016

America will dump an isolated Britain and move closer to EU

Peter Foster

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a news conference at the EU Commission HQ in Brussels. Photo: Francois Lenoir
US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a news conference at the EU Commission HQ in Brussels. Photo: Francois Lenoir

To listen to John Kerry, the US Secretary of State as he tours Europe after the Brexit vote, you might think that the US is carefully hedging its bets when it comes to managing the fallout of the UK decision to leave, but you would only be half-right.

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On one level, Washington is hedging, which is to say it is waiting - like everyone else - to see what happens next, first in London and then in the EU-UK negotiations that are going to follow.

For now, Mr Kerry, speaking in Rome yesterday morning, wants to emphasise "how important" the relationship of the EU is to the United States, but also pledges to maintain "close and special relations" with Britain.

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