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    Britain’s Brexit Conundrum | How Will the 9/11 Bill Affect US-Saudi Relations?

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    Claims and counter-claims this week about Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU and potential trade deals; and, what impact will the Congress overturn of President Obama’s veto of the 9/11 Saudi bill have on US-Saudi relations?

    It is 100 days since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Of course the UK Government has yet to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which will formally begin Britain's negotiation period, but this week speculation is rife about what Brexit might actually look like. One of the biggest issues sparking debate is whether or not Britain can retain access to the single market, without allowing for free movement of people. We speak to Leave.EU’s Jack Montgomery.

    This week the US congress voted against upholding President Obama's veto of a bill that will open a path for families of 9/11 victims to sue the state of Saudi Arabia for damages.  Obama has called the move — which marks the first time he has been overruled on a veto by the house — a "mistake." Could this herald a new era in Saudi-US relations? We speak to Chas Freeman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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