Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What Have You Done for US Lately? Nations Line Up to Form 'Special Relationship' with America as Brexit Britain's Clout Wanes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What Have You Done for US Lately? Nations Line Up to Form 'Special Relationship' with America as Brexit Britain's Clout Wanes

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Byline: STATESIDE With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

MADONNA and Guy, Jerry and Mick, Mel B and Stephen - all Anglo-American divorces that fascinated the States when trouble struck. But even with the US standing on the sidelines, there is one acrimonious British break-up beginning to concern our Stateside cousins more than ever - Brexit.

Following the referendum to leave the EU, Americans had been too overwhelmed by porn stars, presidents, and prosecutors to care about the drama playing out on the other side of the pond.

Trump is turning his back on Britain But now, after 45 years of having an indispensable proxy in Europe, people here are realising the UK will no longer have the clout it could once exercise on Washington's behalf.

Britain itself situation which use a on the of the As Theresa May fights to keep her ship afloat, not only is Donald Trump's disastrous presidency cause for concern but so is the 'special relationship'.

With the possibility of food shortages, grounded flights and a glaring hole in US intelligence looming large, already, countries across the European Union are gathering like vultures to be the US's new sweetheart.

While the Irish border is central to the Brexit chaos, Dublin has wasted no time signalling its intent to benefit from the UK's misery, demonstrated by its purchase of a bigger building in Washington DC to expand its embassy.

Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's ambassador in the US capital, is in no doubt what Britain's departure from the EU means for them.

"Brexit is a game-changer for Ireland," Mr Mulhall recently said.

"We become a bridge between the European Union and the United States for investment but also for influence."

His sentiments are not just confined to the Emerald Isle.

Countless European diplomats are excitedly pitching themselves to Americans as the new Britain. …

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