An exceedingly intelligent article from Mr. Stephen Meyer in the NRO but as Mr. Meyer is an advocate of 'Intelligent Design' we should not, I suppose, be surprised! Before I move on to the detail in his article which is concerned with Anglo-American relations I should pause and try to recollect my attitude to 'Intelligent Design'. I still remember vividly a holiday in Wales some twenty years ago during which I read Michael J. Behe's hand-grenade of a book called Darwin's Black Box. I will not rehearse all the arguments that went on as a result of its publication, suffice to say that it blew an enormous hole in the Darwinian religion which then gripped the entire theory of evolution by the throat! Alas, Behe, I think, weakened his case by introducing God into the equation and whilst the sight and sound of Richard Dawkins having a fit was immensely pleasurable it might have been better to leave God out of it. Since then, I am pleased to say that an entire army of Darwinian doubters has arisen which, had he still been alive, I suspect Darwin himself might have joined because he too had his doubts.
Anyway, I digress because Mr. Meyer's article urges President Trump to move quickly to offer Britain a Free Trade deal, and moreover, one as free from unnecessary, quibbling, legalistic details as possible. He lists several strong arguments in favour of such a move but adds these:
Meanwhile, a U.S. offer to Britain — one that does not require the U.K. to relinquish sovereignty, especially over immigration — will alleviate public and market fears of an economic slowdown should EU negotiators prove intransigent. That will help sustain public support in Britain for the referendum result, making an actual British exit more likely to occur and E.U. negotiators more likely to yield. [...]
A free trade offer will also help repair the U.S.-U.K. special relationship after eight years of intentional neglect and decades of slow erosion as the result of Britain’s gradual absorption into the EU. Strengthening the alliance with Britain will promote U.S. national security because it will free the U.K. to act decisively as a bilateral partner when the strategic interests of our two countries align — as they often have.
I would add that such a deal might be the first in a series which would eventually include all the English-speaking countries of the world. What's not to like?