(With thanks to Brother Roger Long)
Over the last few years in the UK, the term “Global Britain” has often been used. It is intended to express the nation’s more outward-looking approach following the EU referendum of 2016, including a free trade agenda. In an earlier article in The Daily Telegraph, Toby Orr, a former UK trade official, argues that after an “unpromising start” the Department for International Trade “has confounded its critics. The department has reached trade agreements with 63 countries which, alongside the EU deal, cover £885bn of UK trade. No other country has ever negotiated so many trade deals simultaneously. Trade negotiations are well under way with the US, Australia and New Zealand, and continuity deals with Canada, Mexico and Turkey will be deepened and enhanced” (January 4).
All of this is encouraging from the point of view of Bible prophecy. In the 1970s many brethren were very surprised when Britain joined the Common Market (which later became the EU) and predicted that at some point she would leave. The basis of this belief lay in the identification of Britain and her allies as the latter-day “traders of Tarshish and all her young lions” (Ezekiel 38:13, Rotherham). As we view developments now, we can see that our brethren’s expectations were not misplaced.