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Brexit and isolation on a dangerous planet

A former MI6 chief says Brexit will undermine Britain's place in the world

By John Sawers   December 2018

Left out in the cold? May at an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels. Photo: AP/Shutterstock

As a teenager during the Wilson/Heath era, I was conscious that Britain was not doing well. Our comics and films were full of wartime heroism and derring-do, but we were living on memories of the past and our present was failing to match them. We were falling behind Germany and France.

But then things began to change. First came our membership of the European Community, championed by Ted Heath. Margaret Thatcher’s reforms followed—with…

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