EU cracks will please Trump and Putin

Western Morning News - - Letters -

We are told that Pres­i­dent Trump is ap­plaud­ing the re­sults of Wed­nes­day’s mid term US elec­tions. I think he must also be ap­plaud­ing the news of Mrs May mov­ing close to some sort of deal to leave the EU. I doubt he is in­ter­ested in what sort of deal, just that Bri­tain’s exit will knock a big chunk out of the ar­moury of the EU free trade area.

The EU is the world’s big­gest free trade block with some 450 mil­lion buy­ers. It’s strong, di­verse eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful, pro­tec­tive of its busi­nesses and its peo­ples de­ter­mined that stan­dards are held high. At present there are four big power blocks – China, the US, Rus­sia and the EU. For Rus­sia and the U S to en­gi­neer – en­cour­age – the break up of the EU to small man­age­able, di­gestible bits would re­duce the global com­pe­ti­tion to their own man­u­fac­tur­ers.

M D Framp­ton

New­ton Ab­bot

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