Isolated UK would lose on all fronts

I have just read a very interesting book – That Sweet Enemy – on the love-hate relationship between Britain and France by the Anglo-French historians Robert and Isabelle Tombs.

One sentence in particular, from a discussion on British foreign policy towards Europe in the 1950s, seemed quite à propos for today’s situation: The worst outcome would be isolation between a protectionist Europe and an inward-looking America. As well as being economically disastrous, it would reduce Britain’s influence and prestige... Britain might lose at every table – powerless in Europe, fading in the Commonwealth, discounted in Washington.

Chris HAINES, Hérault

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