Sunday 22 July 2018

Britain will be left ploughing a lonely trade furrow if Trump destroys WTO

Theresa May wants to have her cake and eat it on Brexit - but that is just not going to happen, writes Colm McCarthy

Theresa May and her cabinet face a crunch meeting this week
Theresa May and her cabinet face a crunch meeting this week
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

It is difficult to see how the Brexit saga will end without either a political convulsion in London or a destructive no-deal crash-out, with pointless economic damage and blame-games all round.

The UK cabinet meets this Friday at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence in Buckinghamshire, to finalise a White Paper on the government's negotiating position, two years after the referendum on leaving the European Union.

The Taoiseach remarked last Thursday that an exit plan should have been prepared before the decision was put to the UK electorate: the 52pc who voted Leave were not selecting a known destination.

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