The rise of isolationism in the Conservative Party

Source: The Economist - View Original Article
Published: May 07, 2020
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74% Conservative


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Policies:

Protectionist Trade
European Union

Sentiments

93% "The pandemic has made it harder still.""
92% "You cannot pick fights with China without China hitting back.""
90% "The rise of scepticism towards China that the represents comes at a perilous time for Britain's international affairs.""
89% "Founded a couple of weeks ago to promote debate and fresh thinking about China, in the words of one of its founders, Tom Tugendhat, ..."
88% "Shortly before taking over as prime minister he told a Chinese station that his government would be very pro-China.""
83% "Reshoring, domestic resilience and strategic industries are all the rage.""
82% "The pandemic is leading many Tories to question the relevance of free-market orthodoxies to a world in which supply chains are vulnerable and protectionism ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

93% : He routinely referred to the Europeans as "our neighbours and partners".
93% : It depended on pulling off two difficult tricks simultaneously: back home, taming the protectionist forces that drove Brexit, and, abroad, cosying up to competing powers without getting too close to any of them.
93% : The pandemic has made it harder still.
92% : You cannot pick fights with China without China hitting back.
90% : The rise of scepticism towards China that the represents comes at a perilous time for Britain's international affairs.
89% : Founded a couple of weeks ago to "promote debate and fresh thinking" about China, in the words of one of its founders, Tom Tugendhat, it has attracted interest from all sorts: moderates like Damian Green, Eurosceptics like Mark Francois and human-rights advocates like Benedict Rogers.
88% : Shortly before taking over as prime minister he told a Chinese station that his government would be "very pro-China".
83% : Relations with Russia have not recovered from the Salisbury poisonings two years ago, and those with both the European Union and the United States are unusually troubled.
83% : Reshoring", "domestic resilience" and "strategic industries" are all the rage.
82% : The pandemic is leading many Tories to question the relevance of free-market orthodoxies to a world in which supply chains are vulnerable and protectionism is spreading.
82% : Mr Johnson talks about a shift to "national self-sufficiency", with a step-change in Britain's capacity to manufacture drugs, vaccines and medical equipment.
81% : The Brexiteers' bet on Donald Trump was always risky, given his exotic personality and determination to put America first.
78% : He got on famously with Donald Trump.
78% : He has little interest in remaining part of the 's foreign policy and security structures that his predecessor, Theresa May, held in high regard.
78% : Mr Biden may well be more interested in cosying up to the than to "Britain Trump", the moniker which the American president bestowed on the British prime minister.
77% : Mr Tugendhat is a moderate Remainer; Neil O'Brien, the co-founder, a moderate Leaver.
71% : Britain is starting to look like a very lonely little country A ago Britain liked to think of itself as the belle of the globalisation ball.
67% : A Tory characterises Mr Johnson's attitude to the as "the only way is out, out, out".
67% : The chances that Britain will soon be dealing with Joe Biden rather than Mr Trump go up by the day, as Mr Trump flails around in the face of the virus.
66% : David Cameron invited Xi Jinping, China's president, for a state visit that involved a trip down the Mall in a gilded carriage and a banquet in Buckingham Palace.
65% : Yet Mr Johnson's party may be turning against his global vision.
65% : Keeping China at arm's length may also be a price for maintaining a close alliance with America: some senators are trying to block the deployment of the latest generation of American fighter jets to Britain because it is allowing Huawei into its 5 network.
64% : The election shifted the Tory party's centre of gravity from regions dominated by the winners of globalisation to those dominated by losers.
64% : Nation states are retreating to their core function of protecting their citizens first or consolidating their relations with their closest neighbours.
63% : He wooed Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, in a bid to breathe new life into Britain's membership of the European Union.
63% : Boris Johnson came to power promising, in a very Johnsonian manner, to preserve Britain's pro-global stance while also delivering Brexit.
62% : Britain is so preoccupied by the virus that it is devoting far too little attention to its Brexit negotiations, increasing the chances that an on-time Brexit will also be a bitter Brexit.
61% : Still, the 's name, a deliberate echo of the European Research Group () that masterminded Brexit, is ominous.
61% : Given his long record of pro-Irish sentiments, Mr Biden will not take kindly to a Brexit that damages either the Anglo-Irish agreement or the Republic's economy.
58% : The British are about to discover that the "splendid isolation" the Victorians once celebrated is less glorious when that solitude is not chosen as an instrument of power, but is imposed by the world's indifference.
54% : He liked to boast that his friendship with Barack Obama, America's president, was so close that Mr Obama had once tucked him up in the presidential bed on Air Force One.
54% : Anti-Chinese sentiment is rising across the West, particularly in America.
52% : They point to the way that Germany has benefited from its national capacity to carry out tests and make personal protective equipment.
50% : Domestic pressures to turn inward are also mounting.
49% : Britain's relations with the United States are volatile.
45% : It has already drawn some blood: on May 5th the foreign-affairs select committee, which Mr Tugendhat chairs, asked some difficult questions about whether, acting through surrogates, the Chinese government took over a British-based firm, Imagination Technologies, in order to get control of security software.
44% : The Anglo-American trade talks, which have just got under way, cover such tricky topics as chlorinated chicken and the National Health Service's purchasing policy.
41% : The prime minister is willing to accept a much harder Brexit than the average member of the would have thought possible a couple of years ago.
40% : There are plenty of good reasons for criticising a country that distorts trade through industrial subsidies, soft loans from state banks and discriminatory standards while conducting industrial espionage and supporting authoritarian regimes around the world.
37% : The idea of distilling a "global Britain" from the frenzy of Brexit was always problematic.
36% : The pandemic is widening the channel even further.
33% : One piece of evidence is the emergence of the China Research Group ().
31% : The rise of the is not evidence, in itself, that the Conservative Party is losing its enthusiasm for "global Britain".
25% : He repeatedly insisted that there are two possible versions of Brexit: Nigel Farage represented the inward-looking and xenophobic one while he represented the outward-looking and cosmopolitan one.
25% : ■ This article appeared in the Britain section of the print edition under the headline "Contra mundum"

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