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Tumultuous Britain

There are three leading views about the "special relationship" between the United States and Britain. And they are all wrong

There are three leading views about the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain. And they are all wrong.

The first view holds that maintaining the special relationship is Britain’s best chance to exercise more influence than a country with 1 per cent of the world’s population and about 3 per cent of its GDP might hope to. From this perspective, Britain should cling as tightly as possible to America’s skirts.

A second view holds that the special relationship is a bewitching illusion, causing feckless British politicians to delude themselves into thinking that robotic conformity with American policy…

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