What’s so special about the ‘special relationship’?

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What’s so special about the ‘special relationship’?

As Trump visits Britain, we look at what the much vaunted close ties between the US and the UK actually mean

Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill

Britain’s so-called special relationship with the United States was one of the most enduring alliances of the 20th century, though Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump have raised questions about its future.

Trump begins a three-day visit to Britain on Monday almost a year after he created controversy during his last trip by praising Prime Minister Theresa May’s rivals and criticising the way she was handling the Brexit negotiations.

During Trump’s presidency, the alliance with Britain – famously nurtured by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s – is increasingly fraying...

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