Podcast: Which is Bigger Looming Disaster — Brexit or Trump?

Brexiteers Michael Gove, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Boris Johnson --- are they leading UK to economic catastrophe?

I opened the week with Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO to discuss two escalating situations — the looming serious problems for the UK if there is “No Deal” over a Brexit departure from the European Union, and Donald Trump’s Twitter fuming over the Trump-Russia investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The discussion begins with an explanation of the economic challenges, including disruption of supply lines for food and medicine, if Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 with no trade arrangements. It also notes how economic crisis has given way to political manipulations, including discussions between hard-right former White House advisor Steve Bannon and the camps of three leading “Brexiteers” — former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

What worries me is that the politics around this effort, which has escalated since Donald Trump’s visit to the UK in mid-July, are overtaking economic preparations. Let’s just rip the EU apart, let’s take Prime Minister Theresa May out of power, and the economic consquences be damned.

Listen from 7:13 in 0630-0700 Segment

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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