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Why Brexit means diminished British weight in the world

A former head of the Foreign Office argues that the US won't save us

By Peter Ricketts  

Foreign Secretary and prominent Brexiteer Boris Johnson. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The system of international security, on which Britain’s foreign policy has been based since the post-war years, is under unprecedented stress. Russia and China are pursuing assertive nationalist policies, often with scant regard for the norms of the United Nations Charter. Russia has moved into the gap left by western inaction over the Syria crisis. China is building up its military power and bankrolling vast infrastructure projects in pursuit of its ambition to be the dominant power in…

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