Brexit

Pro Brexit protesters demonstrate with placards outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

No Brexit, No Exit From Brexit, and Nobody’s in Charge

The United Kingdom is in a mess of its own creation, and there's no way out.

Cambridge University students float down the River Cam in cardboard boats, part of the annual traditions to celebrate the end of exams, in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, on Jun. 17. (Joe Giddens/PA Images/Getty Images)

The Brexit-Fueled Death of the British University

For centuries, British schools were the envy of the world. Now they’re scrambling to stay alive.

Demonstrators for and against Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on December 5, 2018.  (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Is Falling Apart — Slowly

Decisions in Europe and the U.K. make their separation less likely.

British Prime Minister Theresa May at the annual Confederation of British Industry conference in central London on Nov 19. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Divorced, But Still Living Together

How Theresa May’s deal with Brussels would keep Britain in the European Union in all but name.

Conservative member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks to the media after submitting a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May  on November 15, 2018 in London.

Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive?

Britain’s prime minister is fighting a three-front battle to save her Brexit deal. Most of the party claims to support her, but the prospect of losing power to Jeremy Corbyn might motivate Conservatives to replace their leader.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on November 16, 2018.

The Brexit Deal Won’t Destroy Britain

Theresa May’s proposed deal with the European Union won’t put Jeremy Corbyn in power, but it might cost the prime minister her job.

Demonstrators wave a British flag with European Union stars and European Union flags as they take part in a march calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, in central London on Oct. 20.

A Second Vote on Brexit Won’t Enhance Democracy. It Will Undermine It.

The elitist proponents of a “people’s vote” don’t care about the popular will. They only care about getting the outcome they want.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland, co-leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, arrive to speak on immigration and crime on September 18, 2017 in Berlin.

The Party Is Over

The mass political movements that once dominated Europe are fading fast—and the nationalist populists and upstart parties taking their place are here to stay.

Demonstrators take part in the People's Vote march calling for a referendum on a final Brexit deal in central London on Oct. 20. (Nikilas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images)

Referendum Redux?

Two years after deciding to leave the European Union, many Brits want a second vote on Brexit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron wave to the crowds during a welcoming ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin on May 15, 2017. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain Isn’t Just Losing Brexit. Europe Is Winning It.

Businesses are leaving the United Kingdom because of its economic uncertainty—and because Dublin, Paris, and Frankfurt are more attractive anyway.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, on July 19, 2018 in St Belleek, Northern Ireland. (Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’

The small Northern Irish party that props up the British government has a history of belligerence and brinkmanship. But ultimately it will blink.

An anti-Brexit campaigner stands outside Parliament in London with a placard that reads “Brexit: is it worth it?” on Oct. 9. (Tolga Akmen/Getty Images)

Don’t Believe Pundits’ Claims About the Cost of Brexit

Experts agree leaving the European Union will damage the British economy, but past performance should make them wary of offering outlandish assertions about an unknowable future.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

Conservative members of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, and Peter Bone listen during the launch of "A World Trade Deal: The Complete Guide" at the Houses of Parliament on September 11, 2018 in London, England.

A No-Deal Brexit Will Destroy the British Economy

The magical wing of the Conservative Party believes that Britain can crash out of the European Union painlessly. It is leading the country into a recession.

Rescue workers stand next to the TK Bremen, a cargo ship stranded on Kerminihy beach in Erdeven, France, on Dec. 16, 2011. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

Global Supply Chains Are Dangerously Easy to Snap

The U.K. is preparing for empty shelves in case of a no-deal Brexit, but others may be just as vulnerable.

Britain's then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

Boris Johnson’s Great Leap Forward

Britain’s conservatives were once known for sensible stewardship of the economy. Now, the Tory Maoists are blowing it up.

A man protests against Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament in London July 5. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

‘Take Back Control’? Brexit Is Tearing Britain Apart

Prime Minister Theresa May thinks it’s her duty to deliver Brexit, but the outcome could entail splitting her party and impoverishing Britain.

Susan Yung illustration for Foreign Policy

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.

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