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The only special relationship we ever really had was with the EU—what an appalling waste to have thrown it away 

Having torn up our partnership with equals, we are now entirely beholden to a volatile American nationalist

By Jonathan Lis  

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Sometimes it takes a small event to throw an entire political system into focus. For a moment, everything is illuminated so brightly that even the most stubbornly blindfolded people must acknowledge what they see and confront what it means. The moment was this week’s extraordinary outburst by the President of the United States and the subsequent resignation of the British ambassador.

The events of the last few days have become totemic. The…

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