Britain wants globalization on its own terms

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Does Britain want to be global?

A few days ago, the answer appeared to be yes:

Now the position seems to be shifting towards... Well, a special deal...

Theresa May's conference speech in full

Excerpt:

But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.

But if you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.

So if you’re a boss who earns a fortune but doesn’t look after your staff…

An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…

A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…

A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…

I’m putting you on warning. This can’t go on anymore.

Theresa May's Conservative party conference speech – key points analysed | Politics | The Guardian

Theresa May’s Agenda - WSJ

Home Secretary Amber Rudd spent the bulk of her speech Tuesday promising new crackdowns on immigrants. She would require landlords to verify the immigration status of tenants. Banks would have to double check the visas of their customers. Fewer schools would be allowed to sponsor student visas. Companies would even have to state publicly how many foreigners they employ, the better to shame firms that hire too many.

The government says it’s responding to the will of voters, and Mrs. May is right that immigration skeptics have been unfairly branded as “parochial” by metropolitan elites. The British have reasonable worries about cultural assimilation in an era of homegrown terrorism, about scarce housing and about public services such as education and Britain’s government-run health-care system.

But Britain needs as much talent as it can get [...]

Theresa May: I'll use power of state to build fairer Britain - BBC News

Chaotic weeks

The problem is that the speech followed various confusing ior contradictory messages from the British government...

And markets have do not think that these pilots are particularly credible...

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