So how is the post Brexit post Trump world shaping up? Well recent events have cast a revealing light as to the direction of travel. Last week saw the post Brexit “Global Britain” strategy pursued headlong. Theresa May was in Saudi Arabia, Chancellor Philip Hammond in India and international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox in the Philippines.
The “Global Britain” strategy essentially embodies an extreme free market drive long dreamed of by elements of the corporate and financial elite. It will take the form of bilateral trade agreements (most notably with Trump’s America) and a bonfire of regulations.
If you thought leaving the European Union would avert the EU-US trade agreement, or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), think again. A free trade deal with Trump’s America could be TTIP magnified times 10 leaving the UK exposed without the negotiating power of the EU. It will aggressively open up the NHS and public services to US corporate takeover and lock in privatisation.
On her recent visit to Trump, Theresa May specifically did not rule out further opening up the NHS to US healthcare and insurance as part of a trade deal. In fact, Jeremy Hunt tweeted about how the US and UK health sectors should work together.
The Donald is doing his bit; tweeting a picture with the major American health insurance CEOs at the Oval Office in February whilst attempting to dismantle Obamacare.
UnitedHealth CEO Stephen J Hemsley can be seen in the frame, estimated by Forbes back in 2011 to have total compensation of around $102m (£82m). His predecessor Dr William McGuire was forced to resign following a share options scandal but his golden parachute was estimated in the region of $1bn. NHS boss (and ex-UnitedHealth executive) Simon Stevens is already pushing the US Accountable Care model over here translating into a large programme of hospital service and GP closures, significant cuts, privatisation and the expansion of private health insurance.
A US trade deal would likely mean ripping up regulations around workers’ rights, environmental protections and the EU Reach health and safety regulations. Food and drug standards would then only have to comply with inferior US regulations. Thus, we can look forward to toxic pesticides, unsafe hormones in the food chain, chlorine chicken, acid-washed meat and GM food.
Meanwhile, Fox visited Philippines President Duterte. Duterte is an international pariah responsible for killing 7,000 people in a drugs war. He has personally boasting of killing people himself as a mayor, including throwing someone from a helicopter.
Bilateral trade agreements with other big markets are liable to leave us similarly exposed. Development secretary Priti Patel recently announced that the City of London should transform into a financial hub for the developing world and gateway to imperial dreams of Africa 2.0.
May’s visit to Saudi Arabia follows on from important trade trips to the US and India. The Saudi trip is designed to facilitate the negotiation of trade deals ahead of the proposed $2 trillion flotation of Saudi state oil company Aramco on the London Stock Exchange. MPs and humanitarian groups have criticised the visit due to human rights abuses including Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen, which has killed over 10,000 civilians.
Such concerns have been pushed aside with the Saudis considered a key ally in US-UK geopolitical hegemony of the Middle East. In fact, Wikileaks disclosures from Hilary Clinton’s emails revealed knowledge of the Saudi Arabian and Qatari governments arming and funding ISIS whilst the US State Department (and the UK) negotiated massive arms deals with the Saudis.
I think that the UK case shall be used by other nations as a text-book that describes what people shall not vote for.
Regretfully, I also suspect that this very much might be a sunset of the UK. Because the decision to separate from the European Union is made at the time when it is crucial to stay united. This poor judgement coupled with Teresa May’s complete lack of leadership qualities indicate that nothing positive would come out of this situation created by British politicians and significant representatives of the British public (which somehow completely lost ability to think).
People around the world shall pay a great deal of attention and follow closely the Brexit process which sealed the Great Britain’s faith. Because if we do care about our country and the entire world, it is vital to learn that Populism is actually very expensive.