Britain has just completed the process of quitting the European Union, a major act of foreign policy that most of the world finds bewildering and considers ill-advised.
It brought to mind comments at an Anglo-German conference some 15 years ago made by the then-chairman of Mercedes-Benz: “I want to tell our British friends how much we hope they will remain partners in the EU. Should they decide to leave, however, I hope you will not consider it impolite if I suggest that, in an age of giant trading blocs, you may find it cold out there.”
So why has Britain taken this leap into the unknown?
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