This is the weekly newsletter from editor Iain Martin for Reaction subscribers.

Remember back at the G7 meeting in Cornwall in the summer? The talk then was of Britain being on the back foot internationally. Post-Brexit, President Macron’s France was supposedly in the process of forging a much stronger relationship with the Biden White House. The beaten up Brits under Boris Johnson were being bashed about over the question of sausages, in relation to the Northern Ireland border. It was a tale of isolated, silly old Britain, declining in importance and being eclipsed by a  geopolitically sophisticated Europe led by France.