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An island apart: the inside story of how the Foreign Office is failing to prepare for Brexit

"Global Britain" has become an oft-repeated phrase. Yet in reality, the Foreign Office is losing its battle to find a place in the world for Britain post-Brexit

By Steve Bloomfield   November 2018

Can the Foreign Office find a place for Britain post-Brexit? Photo: Prospect composite

In the summer of 2016, a few weeks after Theresa May became prime minister, Number 10 approached the White House with an idea. Leaving the EU, as May herself had pointed out during the referendum, would mean losing international influence. But if May could lead Britain into a new alliance, she thought, perhaps some of that damage could be fixed. Britain and the US, along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand, already co-operated on intelligence through…

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