When President Obama came to the UK shortly before the Brexit referendum, he told British voters they would be “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the U.S. At the time, his intervention caused an angry response with #F*ckOffObama trending on social media.
It was only when the result of the referendum was known that it became clear the queue consisted of just two entities: Britain and the EU. According to the former cabinet minister Iain Duncan-Smith, the erstwhile Prime Minister, David Cameron, had “begged on bended knee” for Obama to intervene.
What followed was a whole load of backtracking in Washington, compounded by Donald Trump’s public intervention in favor of a British deal. But last week things got even more confused, when Canada’s trade minister left Belgium, claiming their deal with the EU was off.