The article deals with the start of negotiations London – Brussels on Brexit. The author considered the first stage of talks from July till beginning September 2017, approaches and positions of both parties, particularly, the main aim of Britain - to achieve favorable trade conditions with the EU after Brexit with minimal concessions. Possible scenarios of their future economic and trade relations are presented. The author emphasized on several sharp contradictions between the parties on Brexit price. Problem of many banks and financial companies relocation in other EU countries is also considered. Unresolved tensions among the political class between ‘brexiters’ and ‘remainers’ are highlighted.
The purpose of the article is to determine the role of the concept of traditional values in the program and strategy of the British conservatives during the elections of 2015 and 2017. The current research has revealed that the ideological delimitation in the conservative camp also determines the different conceptualization of the concept of traditional values. Liberal conservatives identify traditional values with «common British» or national values, using them to build and strengthen national identity within the framework of the globalization process. At the same time, they painlessly adapt to the transformation of the institution of the family and even independently enforce it. The right Tories reduce traditional values to the moral and ethical perspective, the inviolability of the role of the traditional family and religion in the life of society. This makes the «question of traditional values» one of the major watersheds in the conservative movement. In the absence of internal party consensus on this issue, the concept of traditional values was not fully actualized by the conservatives during the 2015 and 2017 elections. However, conservative leaders tried to use «anti-secular» discourse as a tool to mobilize religious voters, a tool to strengthen national identity during the process of Brexit.