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Out, and into the winds alone

Britain’s former spy chief on Brexit and isolation on a dangerous planet

Out, and into the winds alone

Britain’s former spy chief on Brexit and isolation on a dangerous planet

Left out in the cold? May at an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels
© ALASTAIR GRANT/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK

As a teenager during the Wilson/ Heath era, I was conscious that Britain was not doing well. Our comics and films were full of wartime heroism and derring-do, but we were living on memories of the past and our present was failing to match them. We were falling behind Germany and France.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Timothy Garton Ash and David Allen Green assess Brexit and ask whether it’s too late for things to change. Garton Ash explains how Brexit is just one part of a fracturing Europe and that it might not be too late for the UK’s situation—or that of the rest of Europe—to change. Green takes apart the “shambolic” way that Britain has approached Brexit and suggests a number of options that parliament should strongly consider if minister are to change their views. Elsewhere in the issue: Jo Glanville visits a rural GP surgery and exposes the crises that are played out day-in-day-out all over the country. Stephen Phelan suggests that Spain’s decision to exhume General Franco’s remains threatens to disturb more than his bones. Martin Rees writes about our dreams of understanding the entire universe—and how we may never be able to satisfy that desire.