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Hillary Clinton recently visited Wales, where she gave her views on Brexit at Swansea University The former US Secretary of State during her visit to the Welsh Republic, where she was awarded an honorary degree at Swansea University aired her opinion on Britain leaving the EU for the umpteenth time
With the Brexit negotiations deadlocked a few hours earlier, in a speech to the audience, she took the opportunity to give her views on Brexit, likening the public atmosphere in the UK to that of the US. “I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union, and more broadly of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. No small accomplishment. And Britain has always been a lynchpin of that vision. What’s missing in both of our countries (US and UK) at the moment it seems to me, and what we need more than anything else, is empathy”.
However, Brexit continues, despite a series of seemingly unsuccessful negotiations, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reaffirms that Britain must admit to paying what it owes to the European Union before starting any future involvement of negotiations with the bloc.
She argued that voting for Brexit, and especially the wrong presentations in the EU referendum campaign, predates her defeat against Donald Trump at last year’s presidential elections in the United States, “Looking at the Brexit vote now, it was a precursor to some extent of what happened to us in the United States.” “Obviously there have always been newspapers who leaned right or leaned left and they kind of counterbalanced each other. But given the absolutely explosive spread of online news and sites that have sprung up that are very effective at propagating false stories, we’ve got some thinking to do … there has to be some basic level of fact and evidence in our politics. Well, frankly, in all parts of our society.”
The EU referendum and campaign for US presidential elections both happened last year and were marred by a number of suspicious claims which were moderated to attract key sectors of the voting populace and focused on social media extensively. Fingers have been directed in the role allegedly played by Russia, but with the collaboration of domestic actors.
Clinton also said that the UK would be put at a “very big disadvantage” if it failed to secure a Brexit deal. She said the country could not pin its hopes on a deal with Trump, who “doesn’t believe in trade” and was close to pulling out of NAFTA, the US’s free trade deal with Canada and Mexico.
The prospect of a failure to reach an agreement between the British government and the European Union gained momentum after talks in Brussels were delayed due to the size of UK’s financial obligations towards the Union.
“I mean, no deal meaning no preferential trade deals, which means products in Britain would not have the kind of easy access to the European market that you’ve had under EU membership,” Clinton said. “It could very well mean that there would be more pressure on businesses in Britain, if not to leave completely, at least to also have sites and employment elsewhere in Europe.

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