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THE TRIP & THE TIMING

President Trump begins a formal State Visit to the UK hosted by the Queen as her country attempts to chart a new course.

Why the timing of this trip matters.

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What To Know:

  • June 3rd: Pres. Trump begins State Visit.
  • June 4th: Pres. Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
  • June 5th: Pres. Trump concludes visit.
  • June 7th: PM May will resign.
  • June 10th: Campaign for May’s successor “officially” begins.
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Why It Matters:

  • Special Relationship” = term used to describe unique history & alliance between U.S. & England.
  • Pres. Trump is only the third U.S. president hosted for a formal State Visit by Queen Elizabeth II (Pres. G.W. Bush & Pres. Obama)
  • While some British politicians have criticized the visit by the U.S. president, Britain itself is in the midst of major political turmoil.
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What’s Going On:

  • Nearly 3 years ago, 52% of the UK voted to exit the EU.
  • Since then the UK Parliament failed to approve an exit deal three separate times; this is why PM May is resigning.
  • High Stakes: England’s future with or without EU hangs in balance; relationship w/U.S. important either way (for security & trade).
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BIG PICTURE

  • This is the first time ANY EU country has chosen to separate in the history of the bloc.
  • Pres. Trump, with other leaders, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy this Thurs. – underscoring the importance of diplomatic ties with allies who share common values (esp. during a time of an emboldened Russian).
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We call it "Brexit" but the plan covers all of the UK (Wales, England, Scotland, & Northern Ireland - not Republic of Ireland) exiting the EU. A variety of reports accuse Russia of "meddling" in Brexit vote, hoping to see the dissolution of the European Union.

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