Eric Humer: The Conservative Way Forward - Reigniting the special relationship

The recent visit from Prime Minister May to the White House was nothing less than monumental. President Trump, like him or not, has extended his hand to the Prime Minister and the United Kingdom alike. This, as the Prime Minister knows, was a golden opportunity to solidify her commitment to exiting the single market. By reigniting the special relationship that dwindled during the previous administration the pair are counting on each other to stimulate their economies, and in doing so, to further their legitimacy.

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President Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This was a free trade agreement with 11 other countries. One of the main reasons he did that was because so many countries in the partnership were disproportionally benefitting from their extraordinarily cheap labor. Trump felt that he could negotiate better trade deals. Just days prior, Theresa May divulged that the UK would be leaving the single market in an effort to handle its trade better. That’s no coincidence. 

In her speech on 17 January, PM May said: “I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united, and more outward looking than ever before.” As the UK starts to implement its blueprint of initiating trade while outside of the EU, undoubtedly the US/UK relationship will strengthen. That rapport, which is equally beneficial to both, will evolve into a more fortified bond between the nations. 

That could mean a great deal of economic dividends in the future. Cheryl Strayed famously quoted: “Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn't long before I actually wasn't afraid.” What I’m equating that to is the powerful relationship in trade and defense between the US and the UK getting even stronger. That will entice other countries to join the club. The more than we can benefit from each other, the more validation we receive for the decisions each respective country has taken by itself and together with its partners. 

What we must not forget is that our special relationship is more than personality based. It isn’t so frail that disagreements on personal issues should get in the way of our national and international interests. What makes the relationship special is that it transcends personalities and works with the bigger picture in mind. That bigger picture is you and me, our children and their future.


Eric is an American studying abroad in London. He is attending The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina. He is currently earning his Master's degree in International Politics and Military Affairs. He is a 12 year veteran of the armed forces and a Parliamentary Fellow.