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The Prospect editorial: Brexit in proper perspective

The world will continue to turn but do not be complacent about no-deal departure

By Tom Clark   December 2020

There are times in politics and in life when it is best to take a step away from your problems, set them in a bigger picture, and see them as no more than, in Harold Macmillan’s glorious phrase, “a little local difficulty.” There are other moments when doing so veers into denial, as when James Callaghan sauntered back from an international summit and castigated reporters for taking “rather a parochial” view of the unfolding Winter of Discontent, earning him the deadly headline: “Crisis? What crisis?”

Looking at the four years of Brexit wrangling, a dash of…

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