The long-planned transfer falls after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has positioned a brand new pressure on the “particular relationship” between Britain and america – a broad political, cultural and army alliance cast over the past century and exercised on battlefields world wide.
Britain’s closest ally will go away behind an imposing 1960 stone and concrete embassy in London’s upmarket Grosvenor Sq. – an space often called ‘Little America’ throughout World Struggle Two, when the sq. additionally housed the army headquarters of Common Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The brand new website on the south financial institution of the river is on the coronary heart of an enormous regeneration mission in a former industrial zone often called ‘9 Elms’. Set in what is going to change into an city park, it would host 800 workers and round 1,000 guests every day.
The U.S. State Division ran a contest to design the brand new constructing in 2008. It described the embassy as “a bodily manifestation of the long-term dedication to the particular relationship between america and the UK.”
The glass construction “offers type to core democratic values of transparency, openness and equality” a State Division briefing doc stated. Its $1 billion development was wholly funded by the sale of different properties in London.
The British-U.S. relationship has been examined in current months.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Might was the primary overseas chief to go to the White Home after Trump’s shock election in November 2016. Whereas the 2 leaders have dedicated to strengthen commerce hyperlinks and spoken commonly, their governments have disagreed on a number of points, similar to Trump’s determination to decertify Iran’s compliance with a multilateral nuclear deal, and his transfer to recognise Jerusalem because the capital of Israel.
Earlier this month, Might publicly criticised Trump for reposting British far-right anti-Islam movies from his Twitter accounts. He responded with a rebuke, telling Might to concentrate on Islamic extremism in Britain.
(Reporting by William James; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)
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