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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.

Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad

Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.

Boris Johnson drives a digger through a fake wall during a general election campaign event at JCB construction company on Dec. 10, 2019 in Uttoxeter, United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson drives a digger through a fake wall during a general election campaign event at JCB construction company on Dec. 10, 2019 in Uttoxeter, United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson’s Fall Gives Brexit a Chance to Succeed

Rather than kowtow to the anti-EU right, the next Conservative leader should return to Theresa May’s pragmatic vision of Brexit—or risk electoral obliteration in 2024.

An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.
An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.

Is Brexit a Swamp Creature From 10,000 Years Ago?

Ian Morris’s latest pop history looks for the roots of British particularism.

Boris Johnson holds up a string of sausages around his neck during a visit to Heck Foods Ltd. headquarters, as part of his Conservative Party leadership campaign tour  on July 4, 2019 near Bedale, United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson holds up a string of sausages around his neck during a visit to Heck Foods Ltd. headquarters, as part of his Conservative Party leadership campaign tour on July 4, 2019 near Bedale, United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson’s ‘Sausage War’ Was Deadly Serious

The European Union and Britain are confronting whether international politics is a matter of law or chaos.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon’s Vision for Independence Is on the Ballot in Scotland

The first minister’s party will almost certainly win the election this week, but the nationalist movement still faces divisions of its own.

Margaret Thatcher Kurds Iraq
Margaret Thatcher Kurds Iraq

Britain’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Can Be a Force for Good

Boris Johnson shouldn’t shy away from global leadership and the morally driven approach that protected Kosovars and Iraqi Kurds in the 1990s.

Nationalists and Loyalists riot at the Peace Wall gates which divide the two communities on April 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Nationalists and Loyalists riot at the Peace Wall gates which divide the two communities on April 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

How Brexit Lit the Fuse in Northern Ireland

Loyalist fears that Boris Johnson is abandoning them have sparked a wave of violence that could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.

Barbary macaques in Gibraltar.
Barbary macaques in Gibraltar.

Is Brexit Driving Gibraltar Into Europe’s Arms?

The territory at the tip of Spain will remain British on paper, but in practice Brexit has brought it closer to the EU than ever before.

The offices of banking giants HSBC and Barclays are pictured at Canary Wharf in London, on Dec. 28, 2020.
The offices of banking giants HSBC and Barclays are pictured at Canary Wharf in London, on Dec. 28, 2020.

In the City, the Bluffing Is Over

During crisis after crisis, London’s financial giants cried wolf about leaving. Now the wolf is at the door.

The Union Flag flies from the top of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Houses of Parliament, in London on Jan. 18.
The Union Flag flies from the top of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Houses of Parliament, in London on Jan. 18.

Brexit Is Probably the United Kingdom’s Death Knell

An English-led disaster has emboldened others to get out.

Police officers inspect the truck of a driver working in the shellfish industry who brought his truck to central London to protest
Police officers inspect the truck of a driver working in the shellfish industry who brought his truck to central London to protest

Britain’s Been Hammered by Brexit, but It Got the Vaccine Right

The positive contrast with the European Union’s COVID-19 vaccine debacle has masked a rocky exit from Europe.

A pedestrian walks past a “Welcome to Little Britain” poster in Manchester on Jan. 5.
A pedestrian walks past a “Welcome to Little Britain” poster in Manchester on Jan. 5.

We’re All Brexiteers Now

A look at Swiss politics shows that Euroskepticism is in the United Kingdom to stay.

Members of the Swat team patrol and secure the Statuary Hall before U.S. Vice President makes his way into the House Chamber, at the U.S. Capitol, on the morning of Jan. 7
hours after a mob invaded the building.
Members of the Swat team patrol and secure the Statuary Hall before U.S. Vice President makes his way into the House Chamber, at the U.S. Capitol, on the morning of Jan. 7 hours after a mob invaded the building.

Will the World Take the United States Seriously After the Capitol Invasion?

After a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress, Americans might have a harder time accomplishing their diplomatic goals from Europe to China.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s Year From Hell

Britain’s prime minister promised to take back control. When it comes to the coronavirus, he has lost it.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018.

A Cure for the Brexit Trade Blues

After it leaves the European Union for good, the U.K. will need a new trade bloc. The Commonwealth can help.

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