Brexit

Protesters including Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable  and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall on March 23 in London.

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.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) greets members of the public on a walkabout with Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (2nd from right) and members of West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England on July 26.

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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, arrives at Downing Street in central London on Aug. 2.

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.

Cows stand under a sign for a disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs office outside Dundalk, Ireland on Nov. 14, 2018 near the Northern Irish border.

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.

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Brexit Means Bad News for the British Pound

The markets think leaving the European Union won’t be a sterling outcome.

The group “Border Communities Against Brexit” holds an anti-Brexit demonstration near the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

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.

Boris Johnson waves in front of a British flag at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Oct. 6, 2015.

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.

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Brexit Births Boris

Our top reads on Boris Johnson's unlikely route to 10 Downing Street.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson gestures during a visit to the construction project to expand Terminal Two at Manchester Airport in England on July 9.

Boris Johnson’s Cartoon Englishness Is a Dangerous Joke

The likely British prime minister doesn’t take anything seriously—even the country’s future.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, and Rory Stewart participate in a televised Conservative Party leadership debate on June 18 in London.

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.

Conservative MP and Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 19, 2019.

This Is No Way to Pick a Prime Minister

Britain's process for replacing Theresa May is hard-fought, high-stakes—and completely undemocratic.

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking during the Conservative Party Spring Forum on April 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.   (Photo by Kerry Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain’s Tories Bravely Put Party Before Country

Internal fights among the Conservatives have wrecked the U.K.—and Labour isn’t much better.

A Sudanese protester outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019.

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.

A papier-mâché Theresa May is seen during a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15.

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.

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