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The Long Road to Brexit

Britain’s vote to leave the EU was many years in the making.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech from the top of a double-decker bus as Communist Party of Great Britain flags fly at a May Day rally in London on May 1, 2016.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Imperial Nostalgia

The British Labour leader’s worldview is antiquated, authoritarian, and dangerous.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on September 22, 2017, in Florence, as she delivers speech aimed at unlocking Brexit talks.
May seeked to unlock Brexit talks on September 22 with a major speech in Florence, after Brussels demanded more clarity on the crunch issues of budget payments and EU citizens' rights. A fourth round of negotiations with the European Commission is due to start next week, with London keen to make progress on the terms of the divorce so that talks can move on to trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALESSANDRA TARANTINO        (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobody Is Buying What Theresa May Is Selling

The British prime minister’s big Brexit speech was a big flop.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12:  British Prime Minister Theresa May sits with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as she holds the first Cabinet meeting of her new team at 10 Downing Street on June 12, 2017 in London, England. The Cabinet met for the first time today after being reshuffled by British Prime Minister Theresa May following the Conservatives failing to achieve a majority during last week's general election. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Only the Ghost of Benjamin Disraeli Can Fix Theresa May’s Omnishambles Brexit

The winner of the battle for Britain's future, and Tory leadership, is already in its history books.

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EU Underwhelmed by U.K.’s Brexit Offer for EU Nationals

"It was not a breakthrough," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Two Japanese Banks Bail on London Ahead of Brexit

The exodus from the City is starting to look like a stampede.

La France Insoumise (LFI) leftist party's members of parliament, party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon (Front L), Eric Coquerel (2ndL Rear), Daniele Obono (4thL), Alexis Corbiere (6thL), Adrien Quatennens (Top L), Ugo Bernalicis (7thL Rear), Sabine Rubin (2ndL), Francois Ruffin (3rdR), Bastien Lachaud (8thL), Caroline Fiat (L), Mathilde Pano (Second Row, L), Benedicte Taurine (4th L Front) and Loic Prudhomme (2ndR) pose after they arrived at the French National Assembly on June 20, 2017 in Paris for the welcoming of the elected MPs following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French parliamentary elections (elections legislatives in French).  / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU Is Alive and Well, But the Referendums Are Coming

After the shock of Brexit, the French election has stabilized the patient in Brussels. But most countries still want a say on membership.


Britain Starts Brexit Talks With a Whimper, Not a Bang

The contentious first day of talks ended with London conceding on what it promised would be the “row of the summer.”

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French Elections, Brexit Negotiations, Ukrainian Pride: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

What you might have missed in the past few days, and what to watch in the days to come.

TOPSHOT - A demonstrator wears a mask depicting Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, poses with a mock gravestone bearing the words "Hard Brexit, RIP", during a protest photocall near the entrance 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017 as results from a snap general election show the Conservatives have lost their majority.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on June 9 after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. The pound fell sharply amid fears the Conservative leader will be unable to form a government and could even be forced out of office after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain Has One More Shot at Stopping the Brexit Car Crash

The recent electoral chaos has left europhiles an opening. Here’s how they can take advantage.

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En Marche Moves Forward, Trump Goes Back to Cuba: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

What you might have missed in the days behind, and what to watch in the days to come.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 09: DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (C) holds a brief press conference with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After a snap election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday. The closely fought election has failed to return a clear overall majority winner and a hung parliament has been declared. Arlene Foster and the Democratic Unionist party with their ten Westminster seats have today stated that they will back Theresa May and the Conservatives in a prop up goverment. The two parties will continue talks about the finer details of the arrangement. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Will Theresa May’s Coalition Bring New Troubles to Northern Ireland?

Hard-line unionist politics and a resurgent Sinn Fein are butting heads in Belfast. But with the DUP as kingmaker in Westminster, things could get really ugly.


That Time Theresa May Forgot That Elections Come With Opponents

The prime minister saw an election as a simple step on her Brexit checklist. Turns out not everyone felt the same way.

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