“I think it is time that U.S. Presidents stop being so rude towards Britain....”

“I think it is time that U.S. Presidents stop being so rude towards Britain....”

11-06-2021EFE

I sometimes wonder whether the “Special Relationship” is special at all. U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in Britain and blasts Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Northern Ireland and Brexit. His predecessor, Donald Trump, often criticised Britain over security and terrorism and former President Barack Obama told the British public to forget Brexit. It reminds me of that speech by Hugh Grant in Love Actually: “I love that word relationship. Covers all manners of sins, doesn’t it? I fear that this has become a bad relationship.

“A relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants, and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to Britain. We may be a small country, but we’re a great one too.” Now, obviously this is out of context and we are talking about just a movie but perhaps Britain should take a closer look at the so-called special relationship.

Biden should stay out of British politics and affairs especially when the red carpet is being rolled out for him by the government he is busy criticising. I would say that Britain needs the European Union more than it needs the U.S. especially in the post Brexit era.

Both Obama and Biden have been highly dismissive of Brexit which at the end of the day is none of their business. Britain could have been most critical of the U.S. when Trump was in the White House...but nothing said, diplomacy at its best. So, perhaps Biden could learn to say things privately rather than publicly.

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osn / Hace about 17 hours

Biden was part of the mediation team that the US had in place from the early 80's until the deals were brokered in 1998, and is proud of his Irish roots, arguably he's actually had more direct involvement in NI politics than Johnson has. The Johnson created, and signed a deal that in less than 6 months it emerges they had actually no intention of adhering to. It's right that he is held to account for breaching international law. Johnson is now being heavily criticised by the EU and US President for effectively lying, and breaking the law. What a guy.

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Douglas comer / Hace 1 day

Come on, the reason Tory governments said nothing against Trump was that the UK were quite happy to have his pro-Brexit, right wing regime back them up against those perfidious Europeans. Gove giving it the big thumbs up with Trump at Trump tower, Johnson slavishly guffawing at his “jokes” like so servile mini-me. They wanted Trump to win again and get some kind of trade deal with added hormone fed burgers!

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Mark Badoer / Hace 1 day

"Both Obama and Biden have been highly dismissive of Brexit which at the end of the day is none of their business. Britain could have been most critical of the U.S. when Trump was in the White House...but nothing said, diplomacy at its best. So, perhaps Biden could learn to say things privately rather than publicly."

The difference is, Britain is nothing on its own and is nothing without the US. It is totally not the other way around. So there´s your anwer. Brexit is the biggest mistake in British history. Well, that and the invention of marmite.

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Mike R / Hace 1 day

You need to bring yourself up to speed, Jason. Biden has told Johnson that he "hates the term Special Relationship and to desist from using it."

The language to be used is now "Atlantic Alliance,"

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