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After Brexit, where does Britain go next?

Peter Ricketts calls for a revival of the lost art of strategy

By Jake Richards   July 2021
Boris Johnson leaves after visiting the G7 foreign and development ministers meeting in May. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Boris Johnson leaves after visiting the G7 foreign and development ministers meeting in May. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

In the same week that Boris Johnson celebrated the UK formally leaving the European Union in January 2020, the first domestic cases of coronavirus were identified. The pandemic suspended normal life as well as politics, and stifled what might otherwise have been a dominating theme of our national debate: what does Britain do next, after leaving the political and economic union that shaped its postwar role on the world stage?

Peter Ricketts’s new book is an attempt to answer this question. He is able to rely on his 40 years of service at the heart of British foreign…

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