Brexit re­turned to the UK head­lines this week af­ter some brief sea­sonal respite, but we pause to re­flect on a cu­ri­ous in­ci­dent that af­fected Gatwick, the coun­try’s sec­ond-busiest air­port, just be­fore Christ­mas.

The Guardian Weekly - - Contents - By Jamie Gri­er­son

Re­peated sight­ings of drones be­ing flown near the run­way caused around a thou­sand flights to be can­celled or di­verted over three days. But weeks later, the po­lice trail has gone cold and some have even ques­tioned whether there re­ally were any drones at all. What lessons can be learned from this bizarre episode, asks the Guardian’s UK af­fairs cor­re­spon­dent Jamie Gri­er­son.

Sight­ings led to hun­dreds of flight can­cel­la­tions – but weeks later, po­lice are none the wiser as to what hap­pened

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