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British Prime Minster Theresa May arrives in Bahrain, Dec. 5, 2016 (Photo by Stefan Rousseau via AP Images).

Britain’s May Eyes the GCC as a Surer Bet for Trade Ties After Brexit

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Bahrain to meet with the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states on the sidelines of the annual GCC Summit on Dec. 6-7. May, who took office in July in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Prime Minister David Cameron’s subsequent resignation, is the first British prime minister to attend the GCC summit—and only the second Western leader to be invited to do so, after France’s Francois Hollande.

Nearly six months on from Brexit, the mechanics and timeframe for Britain’s formal process of withdrawal from the European Union remain unresolved and, given their complexity, perhaps unresolvable. Against the backdrop of mounting political uncertainty over both the nature of Britain’s future relations with European partners and its place in the world after Brexit, government ministers have identified the GCC as a surer bet for trade and investment deals. ...

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