The U.K.'s sovereignty has been regained. What exactly is this sovereignty? And precisely who has taken back control?
For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
That negotiators cannot overcome a few obstacles leaves the public bewildered. Clearly, in the words of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, there has been "a failure of statecraft."
Deep reform could evolve out of traditional forms of rule in Gulf States. But do the leaders of these nations have the vision and courage to guide the way through to a different future.
"Capitalism" and "socialism" describe the once emerging industrial world, so we need the same inventiveness to describe the digital world that has replaced it.
What the U.S. is suffering from now, in acute form and in almost all its limbs and organs, is what great world powers throughout history have at some stage endured.
It could be that the golden era of U.K. relations with China is set to be replaced by a golden era of relations with Japan.
Even with a broad agreement, EU-U.K. talks will go on and on — but that is only natural.
As the U.K. fights its way out of the COVID-19 lockdown, and at the same time stumbles toward the its exit from the EU, a new preoccupation takes hold.
A new kind of egalitarianism is pushing its way to the center of the global stage.
Throughout the developing world there is a new mood of both pride and hope. Aid from the rich North is beginning to feel patronizing.