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house Bill H. Res. 817

Post-Brexit: Does the U.S. Need to Reaffirm Its Special Relationship With Great Britain?

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.

11/24/2016
While the U.S. values all of its alliance partners, it needs to place special weight on Britain for the simple reason that exceptionally close alliances are exceptionally valuable and difficult to replace.
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AS2736's Opinion
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11/27/2016
We need to show them that we're not crazy.
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Pj's Opinion
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11/27/2016
More important than ever we show we are still in very close partnership with are friends.
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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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11/24/2016
Foreign affairs are the responsibility of the executive branch, not the legislative. Try to do your own job which you have ignored for 8 years.
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Lmb852's Opinion
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11/27/2016
We need to maintain our current relationship with great Britain. Nothing special needs to be done
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Hayden's Opinion
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11/29/2016
This bill congratulates the United Kingdom on leaving the European Union. Patting the U.K on the back for leaving the E.U sets a bad precedent and could have negative diplomatic consequences, while the economic benefits of a trade agreement with the U.K. are debatable.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 817?

This resolution would express Congress’s continued support for the Special Relationship between the U.S. and the United Kingdom and call for the development of a free trade agreement between the two nations following Britain’s vote to exit the European Union.

The resolution would express respect for the result of the “Brexit” vote in June 2016, and recognize that it won’t diminish the bond between the governments and people of the U.S. and U.K. The U.S. Trade Representative would be instructed to begin negotiations with the U.K. for a new U.S.-United Kingdom North Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

As a simple resolution, this bill wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed by the House 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. 817

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) introduced this bill to reaffirm the Special Relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain following the Brexit vote and call on the Obama administration to start negotiations over a trade agreement:

“The Brexit referendum, for better or for worse, is behind us. Now, in the wake of Brexit, we must do whatever we can to preserve and enhance the special economic relationship shared by the U.S. and the U.K. The best way we can do this is to immediately begin negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement. The resolution I am introducing today would send a clear message to the world that the unwavering support of the American people for the U.K. remains unchanged.”

This legislation has the support of 25 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


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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.

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      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment
      Oversight and Investigations
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 11th, 2016
    While the U.S. values all of its alliance partners, it needs to place special weight on Britain for the simple reason that exceptionally close alliances are exceptionally valuable and difficult to replace.
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    Foreign affairs are the responsibility of the executive branch, not the legislative. Try to do your own job which you have ignored for 8 years.
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    We need to maintain our current relationship with great Britain. Nothing special needs to be done
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    We need to show them that we're not crazy.
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    More important than ever we show we are still in very close partnership with are friends.
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    This bill congratulates the United Kingdom on leaving the European Union. Patting the U.K on the back for leaving the E.U sets a bad precedent and could have negative diplomatic consequences, while the economic benefits of a trade agreement with the U.K. are debatable.
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    Looking for a problem in this question, such as when did the US stop supporting the British? Oh sure, there are a few Obama supporters in Britain - Cameron or Blair who didn't want Brexit. But by-in-large, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the British people. We fought wars together and have remained strong supporters of NATO. NO solution is need because there is no problem.
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    We are part of the original colonies should have a special closeness to our alliance with Britan
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    As my friend Center Wing said, "England knows we have their back through thick or thin, this is a waste of time. ". The only thing that I would add, is that so long as Britain doesn't oppose us. We have already fought them twice and won both times, we've only gotten better at fighting since then. Otherwise, I like them as allies.
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    What is the purpose of this legislation exactly? Isn't this the presidents job? This strikes me as pointless.
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    Reaffirm? We already are the closest of allies, except for the faux paus with Obama
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    It's like being a child in a divorce. Britain will always be our parent, regardless of their relationship with Europe. This bill is a complete waste of time and money. If this congressman wants to affirm our relationship with Britain, send a card or pick up the phone. How about spending more time on laws that will help the citizens of this country?
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    This is for the executive branch not the legislative branch.
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    We need to make sure the know we are behind them 100%.
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    Another waste of time. And we need to deal with our own terrible election results before trying to make Britain feel better about theirs.
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    As much as it pains me, this is the purview of the President.
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    Waste of time legislation. The Brits made their choice, they don't need to be coddled.
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    There's no teeth in it--being a resolution--however, it provides some (if only very minuscule) political pressure on the Congress to not succumb to the protectionist policies advocated for by the incoming Trump administration; especially with such a key economic and geopolitical partner such as the United Kingdom.
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    There are more important matters that legislation needs to focus on.
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    Standing by your friends is a good policy between nations as well as people.
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