In Britain, there are dramatic events that require explanation. Prime Minister Theresa May, in tears, resigns as head of government and leader of the Conservative Party.
Brits were fed up with Brussels telling them which cucumbers met European Union beauty standards and could therefore be sold in market. That was minor compared to fishing quotas placed on waters the British considered to be their own.
There is currently very little sign that May will travel to next week’s emergency European Council with the coherent plan the EU says will be necessary to grant the UK a further delay to Brexit, which is currently scheduled to happen on Friday.
Over the weekend Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally concluded his investigation into the possibility of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.
Yesterday the EU summit in Brussels all day discussed a single problem: what to do with Britain entangled in Brexit.
The European Union cannot meet Britain and agree to a fictitious Brexit, allowing it to preserve the old advantages and get new ones so as not to create a dangerous precedent.
In London, and it seems elsewhere, the political and media consensus is that Britain is in its weakest international position since the late summer of 1940.