An object lesson in strategy and diplomacy for every democratic nation - by Melanie Philips

This New Year’s day, Britain finds itself in a position that few expected even as late as last week.
With the arrival of 2021, it regains its status as an independent, sovereign nation governed by laws passed by its own democratically elected parliament free of control by a foreign power. Brexit has finally been achieved.
For those squinting at Britain from elsewhere, how this came about and what it amounts to might appear both bewildering and irrelevant to any other country’s concerns.

Courage, Anxiety and Despair- Watching the Battle; James Sant, 1850-1916