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house Bill H. Res. 60

Should the House Call For a Trade Deal With Britain and Express Support For the Special Relationship?

Argument in favor

Great Britain is one of America’s oldest allies, and in the wake of the British people’s decision to leave the European Union it would be wise for Congress to reaffirm the Special Relationship between the two countries and call for negotiations over a trade agreement.

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01/27/2017
This resolution is like a country to country hand shake. Sounds like s good idea and a slap to the crumbling EU and their progressive ways.
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Loraki's Opinion
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01/27/2017
Yes, as long as Parliament doesn't decide to "undo" #Brexit! We should support the British people's rejection of globalism and their fight for national sovereignty. These are, after all, partly what propelled Donald Trump into the White House! As Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) said: “As our close friends and allies in the United Kingdom work through the process of implementing Brexit and separating from the European Union’s single market, we must take action to demonstrate our steadfast support and maintain our strong transatlantic ties. Congress and the current administration have a responsibility to foster the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., which has been built on shared history and values, a common language, and mutual trust. The economic security of our two great nations is greatly dependent on our ability to maintain fair and regular trade relations.”
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Holly's Opinion
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01/27/2017
Affirm yes to continued good relations with U.K. please. We have been stalwart in our relationship for so very long. I believe all to the good. Holly
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Argument opposed

The U.S. and Great Britain will always have a Special Relationship, Congress doesn’t need to reaffirm that. Calling for negotiations over a trade deal between the two countries may be premature at this stage, and besides, this resolution isn’t even binding.

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01/27/2017
Brexit was promoted strongly by populist candidates like Donald Trump who openly advocate racism. The Brexit vote legitimized racist undercurrents just like Trump's election did here. It was an absolute disaster for the British economy. Trump was among the first and few "politicians" to congratulate Britain on the Brexit vote (ironically by showing up at his golf course in Scotland- the country that OVERWHELMINGLY voted to remain) because he knew that he would profit from it. Almost immediately after the Brexit vote, it's proponents were revealed for what they really were - liars who in fact had NO PLAN for a future outside the EU. Many if not most 'leave' voters regretted their decision immediately. I hope that is the case with Trump voters too and that they become activists and allies against his policies.
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01/27/2017
We should not praise Brexit, as it was viewed globally as divisive and detrimental to the British economy. This action would be viewed negatively internationally as well as by your constituents. Thanks for your time.
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01/27/2017
Rather than throw largely symbolic support behind "Brexit" ideology the US should wait to forge a bilateral agreement until after the secession from the EU is finalized.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 60?

This resolution would reaffirm the strength and endurance of the special relationship between the U.S. and the United Kingdom in addition to calling for a bilateral free-trade agreement between America and Britain. It also expresses respect for the decision of British voters to remove their country from the European in the “Brexit” and recognizes that the vote won’t diminish the importance of the bond between the governments and people of the U.S. and Britain.

The U.S. Trade Representative would be instructed to immediately begin negotiations with the United Kingdom over a North Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (NATIP) between the two countries.

As a simple resolution, this bill wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed and wouldn’t have the force of law.

Impact

Congress; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the people and governments of the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 60

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) re-introduced this legislation to urge the Trump administration to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Great Britain:

“As our close friends and allies in the United Kingdom work through the process of implementing Brexit and separating from the European Union’s single market, we must take action to demonstrate our steadfast support and maintain our strong transatlantic ties. Congress and the current administration have a responsibility to foster the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., which has been built on shared history and values, a common language, and mutual trust. The economic security of our two great nations is greatly dependent on our ability to maintain fair and regular trade relations.”

This legislation has the support of 20 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans. Rep. Dent introduced a nearly identical version of this legislation during the last Congress, but it never received a vote in the House.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Expressing continued support for the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and urging commencement of negotiations for the development of a North Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (NATIP) between the United States and the United Kingdom.

simple resolution Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
    This resolution is like a country to country hand shake. Sounds like s good idea and a slap to the crumbling EU and their progressive ways.
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    Brexit was promoted strongly by populist candidates like Donald Trump who openly advocate racism. The Brexit vote legitimized racist undercurrents just like Trump's election did here. It was an absolute disaster for the British economy. Trump was among the first and few "politicians" to congratulate Britain on the Brexit vote (ironically by showing up at his golf course in Scotland- the country that OVERWHELMINGLY voted to remain) because he knew that he would profit from it. Almost immediately after the Brexit vote, it's proponents were revealed for what they really were - liars who in fact had NO PLAN for a future outside the EU. Many if not most 'leave' voters regretted their decision immediately. I hope that is the case with Trump voters too and that they become activists and allies against his policies.
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    We should not praise Brexit, as it was viewed globally as divisive and detrimental to the British economy. This action would be viewed negatively internationally as well as by your constituents. Thanks for your time.
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    Rather than throw largely symbolic support behind "Brexit" ideology the US should wait to forge a bilateral agreement until after the secession from the EU is finalized.
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    I am in favor of taking a global view, one which is inclusive, not exclusive; one that doesn't divide entities into "special" and "not special". I say No to this resolution to affirm a Special Relationship with the UK. This is 2017 for heaven's sake. No going backwards.
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    Yes, as long as Parliament doesn't decide to "undo" #Brexit! We should support the British people's rejection of globalism and their fight for national sovereignty. These are, after all, partly what propelled Donald Trump into the White House! As Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) said: “As our close friends and allies in the United Kingdom work through the process of implementing Brexit and separating from the European Union’s single market, we must take action to demonstrate our steadfast support and maintain our strong transatlantic ties. Congress and the current administration have a responsibility to foster the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., which has been built on shared history and values, a common language, and mutual trust. The economic security of our two great nations is greatly dependent on our ability to maintain fair and regular trade relations.”
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    Affirm yes to continued good relations with U.K. please. We have been stalwart in our relationship for so very long. I believe all to the good. Holly
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    We already have a trade relationship and a 'special relationship' this is (as others have said) an attempt to reward the brexit decision and all the thinking behind it.
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    A great relationship is needed with the U.K. We need a great deal to help each other.
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    Brexit was nearly as terrible an idea as the GOP capitulating to the Trump machine.
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    Brexit was a decision that was propagated by populists and should not be validated by the U.S. in any way.
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    The "Special Relationship” can be directly tied to the wartime leadership of US President Franklin Roosevelt, who purposely sought closer ties with the British as a means to enhance and extend American military and economic power during the dark days of 1939-40 when the world teetered on the brink of the catastrophe that would become World War II. The American people would do well to remember this. They would also do well to remember that it was an American President, at perhaps the most vulnerable moment in American history, who initiated the Special Relationship in an effort to save not only the United States but modern civilization as we know it. Thanks to the stalwart courage and determination of the British people, who refused to give in to Hitler, FDR’s decision to extend a hand across the Atlantic proved to be the right one.
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    Brexit is not something to praise. We should respect the decision, but not praise it, like this bill does
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    This is premature, as The UK cannot officially put any new trade deals into place until at least 2019. As a mostly symbolic gesture I see it as unnecessary from a U.S standpoint. I understand that the U.K. would benefit from this symbolism, and the U.S. might be seen as slightly less isolationist by the gesture but I would rather negotiate with Mexico like adults at this point than indulge Trump's desire to back up his Brexit support.
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    Brexit is another isolationist plan, like many of President Trump's, that will only lead to more problems in this world.
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    It's important that we affirm our alliances and trade with important nations, given the sometimes unpredictability of our new president. The brexit vote has been cast, so whether or not we affirm our relationship with Great Britain, the vote will stand. It is time for us to stand with our allies, instead of casting them away when they do something we don't like. The first step should be to confirm that we are committed to preserve our alliances through congressional affirmation.
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    I'm against anything causing further divisiveness! The U.K. Regrets Brexit already! Vote NO!
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    This measure is so premature, it can only be interpreted as a thinly veiled US referendum on Brexit. Great Britain has not yet even invoked Article 50 to actually leave the EU officially. Brexit was a mistake propagated by racists. Whatever happens, I do hope the US and England continue to enjoy a strong, positive relationship, but this bill has much darker connotations than the headline implies.
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    This would only send a message that we support their decision with Brexit and considering there's talk of the USA leaving the United Nations we really don't need any support for illogical decisions like that. The whole Brexit thing has already begun to mess up the economy and if we showed support there's no telling how many more wrong turns the country will take
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    It seems like there are more important things to be doing right now. Brexit was a bad idea, and endorsing it doesn't help either of our countries.
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