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5 facts about London’s pro-American policy, which has a destructive impact on the European countries and the G7

The United Kingdom is becoming the US’s mean of establishing its world dominance, while at the same time strengthening its position in any negotiations with the European Union. The new Atlantic Charter signed by Biden and Johnson, as well as the planned trade agreement between the United States and Great Britain, will let the United States put pressure on countries of Europe and the G7. In other words, this pressure will be put “through” the UK.

When Joe Biden, who signed Atlantic Charter, became a US president, his first foreign visit was made to the UK and took place on the eve of the G7 summit. This fact clearly indicates the presence of “special relations” between London and Washington. According to the Charter, Biden and Johnson consider international and foreign policy alliances precisely in the context of strengthening cooperation with the countries of the so-called Anglosphere. Thus, other Western countries, including NATO members, are not on the top in their list of priorities.

The signing of the Atlantic Charter means that the UK shares its views with the United States on issues of democracy, collective security, building a fair and sustainable global trading system, climate actions and protection of biodiversity. The UK is forced to stand on the same side with the United States and to support disagreements with the members of the G7 and European countries.

5 facts about London’s pro-American policy, which has a destructive impact on the European countries and the G7:

1. Trade with China. Not all G7 and European countries agree with the plans to oppose China and reject any trade deals with it. According to the Atlantic Charter, the United States, Great Britain and Europe have different approaches to trade with China. The United States, for example, has banned the import of goods made in Xinjiang, while the European Union does not have such restrictions. Washington also continues to block the WTO reforms which will help to control the Chinese model of state capitalism. Besides, these reforms were proposed by European countries.

2. Patents for vaccines. The participants of the Atlantic Charter, unlike the EU, support the cancelling of patents for coronavirus vaccines, which will allow countries to produce vaccines themselves and stop the pandemic. The European Commission, in turn, does not consider the idea of abolishing intellectual property rights for vaccines to be the best way to expand the production of vaccines in the short term. The European Parliament also called on the United States and the United Kingdom to “lift the ban on the export of vaccines and raw materials.”

3. Agriculture. Europe expects to get reduced tariffs on its agricultural products from the United States. At the same time, the United Kingdom supports the United States in its desire to lift restrictions on the import of American genetically modified products (GMP) which will win the struggle for the market since they are cheaper to produce than European ones. It is well-known that eating GMP can lead to certain medical consequences though.

4. Nord Stream. Due to the pressure of Poland and the Baltic countries, Europe, (except for Germany), is against the Russian gas pipeline, which runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The European opponents of Nord Stream 2 hoped a lot that US and UK would implement sanctions one day, but this did not happen. Washington and London clearly preferred the improvement of relations with Germany to the support of EU.

5. Climate. The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have the same tasks to combat global climate change, the solution of which requires a massive reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. In Europe, it is believed that the most effective way to curb the greenhouse effect is to introduce carbon tax on imports to the EU countries. It could already be noted that this tax will be imposed very soon. In addition, the European regulation proposes the free distribution of emission quotas for a number of goods produced in the European Union, including steel and cement. While maintaining this principle, the United States and Great Britain find themselves in an economically unfavorable position, which will provoke rate wars and will cause contradictions with international trade legislation.

If plans of the United States and Great Britain are implemented successfully, one can easily imagine an ordinary European citizen: this is an impoverished person who has had a COVID-19, suffering from cancer caused by GMP, suffocating from carbon dioxide emissions. It is just imaginary comparison, but one day it can be quite close to reality.

Thus, European anti-Americanism will now spread to Great Britain. The European Union will have to understand that the United Kingdom for the United States is nothing more than an instrument of struggle against China and Russia, as well as an accomplice in the establishment of American economic and political rules in Europe.