Boris Johnson Needs a Second Referendum to Stay in Power
A general election in the wake of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is too great a risk. For a man who has always wanted to occupy No. 10 Downing St., a three-way referendum is the safest way to prolong his premiership.
Boris Johnson Doesn’t Want a No-Deal Brexit. He Wants to Win an Election.
The British prime minister’s tough talk is designed to provoke Remainers into blocking Brexit—and give him a villain to blame during an election campaign.
Can Dominic Cummings Banish Nativist Populism From U.K. Politics?
Boris Johnson's Brexit guru masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, but he despises Nigel Farage and sees a quick Brexit as the best recipe for neutralizing the far-right.
Don’t Blame Boris for the Brexit Backstop Impasse
Britain’s Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist Party allies aren’t the only obstacles to a deal. The EU and the Irish government are also being needlessly stubborn.
Brexit Means Bad News for the British Pound
The markets think leaving the European Union won’t be a sterling outcome.
Will Brexit Be the End of the United Kingdom?
The prospect of a hard border is making many Irish on both sides wonder if they’d be better off together.
Will the Sun Set on the Boris Empire?
The new British prime minister’s vision for a Global Britain gets history—and the present—all wrong.
Boris Johnson’s Cartoon Englishness Is a Dangerous Joke
The likely British prime minister doesn’t take anything seriously—even the country’s future.
Brexit Is for Boys
Since 2016, the campaign to leave the European Union has been led primarily by men. The remaining candidates for prime minister are all male—and they're not talking about the grave consequences of Brexit for women.
This Is No Way to Pick a Prime Minister
Britain's process for replacing Theresa May is hard-fought, high-stakes—and completely undemocratic.
Britain’s Tories Bravely Put Party Before Country
Internal fights among the Conservatives have wrecked the U.K.—and Labour isn’t much better.
The World This Weekend
Chaos worsens in Sudan, Theresa May exits No. 10 Downing St., and the United States marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
How Brexit Was Radicalized
Euroskepticism was once the purview of policy wonks. The Leave campaign changed all that, and in doing so may have undermined Britain’s Conservative Party for a generation.