President-elect Trump’s threats to Mexico and Canada – the only two countries with which the US shares a land border – that he will scrap the free trade agreements and impose heavy import duties is entirely consistent with the line he was taking throughout the election campaign. His protectionist, America First viewpoint has been clearly stated. Trade agreements will only be honoured – let alone negotiated – if they serve the interests of the USA at the expense of other parties. He’s left little room for doubt over his approach.
What I don’t understand is why so many Brexiteers are blithely assuming that he’ll be desperately keen to negotiate a free trade agreement with a country thousands of miles away when he’s planning to tear up such agreements with close neighbours.Am I missing something?