Brexit

Pro-Brexit activist Joseph Afrane demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brussels Bets a Delay Until Halloween Will Spook Britons into Staying

With support for Brexit eroding, EU leaders hope the long postponement will kill the plan for good.

A pro-European Union demonstrator holds a placard bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in central London on June 11, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty)

The Great Brexit Distraction

Attempts to blame Russia for the EU’s mess will only get in the way of addressing the union’s real problems.

An EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017. (Oli Scharff/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Will Never, Ever End

Even if Britain’s opposing parties agree on a plan to leave the EU, national unity will be nowhere in sight.

Anti-Brexit activists demonstrate with a model of Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in London on April 1, 2019, as MPs debate alternative alternative options for Brexit

Britain’s Crisis Isn’t Constitutional. It’s Political.

A Remain Parliament is confronting a Brexit electorate—and none of the solutions on offer is likely to resolve the stalemate anytime soon.

Anti-Brexit activists demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, on March 28 (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

In or Out? In Brexit Finale, It’s No Longer Clear What Brits Want

Leavers say a revote would be undemocratic, but polls now put them in the minority.

An anti-Brexit Boris Johnson lookalike drapes himself over the hood of a car as he demonstrates outside parliament on Dec. 11, 2018 in London. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This Is What ‘Taking Back Control’ Looks Like

Brexiteers wanted the United Kingdom to control its own destiny. They got the opposite.

A pro-Brexit activist holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20.

Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May’s Brexit Extension

If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.

A pro-European Union protester holds U.K. and European flags in front of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Sept. 13, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Brexit Is Europe’s Finest Hour

The British debacle is shoring up the EU center as it heads into critical May elections.

Jacob Rees-Mogg poses for a photograph in central London on Oct. 18, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexiteers Never Wanted Brexit to Begin With

History will show that the biggest obstacle to Brexit was its most fervent supporters. That’s no accident.

Balloons spelling EU fly beside Union Jack and European Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Dec. 10, 2018. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Battered and Bereft, May Loses Again on Brexit

With the EU losing patience, no one in the House of Commons seems to know what to do next.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on Nov. 14, 2018 in London, England.

Theresa May’s Last Dash for a Deal

The British prime minister wins minor concessions in an 11th-hour effort to save Brexit—and her premiership.

A woman dressed in a flag leaves a portable toilet in Windsor, England, on May 19, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Hard Brexit Means Hard Times on the Toilet

One consequence of leaving the EU that Brexiteers forgot to reckon with? Nationwide toilet paper shortages.

Then-Conservative MP Anna Soubry (L) and then-Labour MPs Luciana Berger (C) and Chuka Umunna (front) are greeted by an anti-Brexit protester as they arrive at the Cabinet Office on January 21, 2019 in London.

How to Make a New Party Succeed in Britain

A centrist movement can win, but it needs to build a base in cities first.

Former Labour and Conservative MPs Heidi Allen (L), Chuka Umunna (2L), Anna Soubry (3L), Chris Leslie (5L), Mike Gapes (6L), Ann Coffey (C), Luciana Berger (5R) and Angela Smith (3R) of the independent group of MPs are surrounded by pro- and anti-Brexit protesters as they arrive for their inaugural meeting at Institute of civil engineers on February 25, 2019 in London.

The British System Is Stacked Against Breakaway Parties

The Independent Group could influence the direction of Britain's politics, but it won't be by winning large numbers of seats in Parliament.

Helen McKendry, eldest daughter of Jean McConville, holds a family photograph showing her mother Jean McConville (left) and some of Jean's children including Helen herself (second from right), at her home in Northern Ireland on May 3, 2014. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Almost Five Decades on From a Notorious Murder, ‘The Past Doesn’t Stay Buried’

A Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland."

The flags of the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, and the European Union are flown with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background at the Spain-Gibraltar border on April 4, 2017. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Gibraltar Will Never Accept Shared Sovereignty

The Spanish government seems to think the British overseas territory will sacrifice its sovereignty for the sake of convenience after Brexit. It is wrong.

Pro-Brexit supporters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Feb. 26. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Last Exit From Brexit?

Labour and Conservative leaders take a sudden U-turn on separation from the EU.

Pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire flag masks pose for a picture at a rally to call for Scottish independence from the U.K. in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 30, 2016. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Scotland’s Marriage of Inconvenience

As Brexit looms, Edinburgh may forge its own path on the world stage.

An adaptation of artist Sandro Botticelli’s illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images/Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images/Anthony Devlin/Getty Images/Jack Taylor/Getty Images/Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images/Rob Stothard/Getty Images/John Phillips/Getty Images/Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

The Nine Levels of Brexit Hell

Donald Tusk promised ‘a special place in hell.’ Let Foreign Policy be your guide through Brexit’s Inferno.

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat addresses delegates of the Organization of African Unity in July 1972 in Kampala, Uganda.

Theresa May Is Negotiating Like Yasser Arafat

The late Palestinian leader was legendary for forsaking promising opportunities, caving to extremists, and failing to appreciate the challenges of negotiating against a stronger opponent. Britain’s prime minister has perfected his diplomatic style.

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