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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit Might Break Britain. What Will Scotland Do?

Scotland, six years after its last crack at independence, is hankering to be a “global good gal,” charting its own foreign-policy course independent of London.

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Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.

A commuter crosses a road by London Bridge in London on Sept. 15.

Brexit Is a Distraction from the United Kingdom’s Real Economic Woes

To rebuild its position as a powerhouse, the country will need to focus on its deeper problems.

A picture shows an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper warning sign overlooking the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019.

As Brexit Talks Falter, the Risk of Violence in Ireland Is Still Alive

Despite a major crackdown, the uncertainty around the border won’t let militant republicanism go away.

Aircraft mechanics repair a harrier jet on deck the USS Bonhomme Richard after the formal opening of the annual  Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercises program  on Oct. 8, 2012.

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?

From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s Plan to Get Brexit Done and ‘Hang the Consequences’

The United Kingdom is going back on the terms of its divorce with Europe, threatening any future trade deals and even the integrity of the U.K. itself.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Np. 10 Downing Street on Sept. 8.

Don’t Trust Boris Johnson’s Britain

European leaders have always been wary of Perfidious Albion. The British prime minister once again confirmed their worst fears.

Graffiti deriding Dominic Cummings

Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last

The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.

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A Most Lonely Union

The EU is a creature of multilateralism. Can it survive in a deglobalized world?

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

Nick Timothy (L), waits at haulage and logistics company Davies Transport during British Prime Minister Theresa May's visit on May 12, 2017 in Darlington, United Kingdom.

Putting Lipstick on a Bigotry

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top advisor wants to remake conservatism. Instead he’s written a rousing defense of Little England xenophobia.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Trump and Johnson Can Quickly Strike a Trade Deal—If They Avoid the Pitfalls

The U.S. and Britain both want a trade agreement post-Brexit. China and chickens could get in the way.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, peering over the bow of a trawler in Scotland on Sept. 6, 2019, made control of fisheries in Brexit a big part of his successful election campaign.

So Long, and Say Thanks for All the Fish

The post-Brexit talks between Britain and Europe could hinge on whether the U.K. really tries to “take control” of its fisheries—or if Europe keeps access to British waters.

Migrant workers from Romania harvest daffodils near Holbeach in eastern England, on Feb. 25, 2019.

Boris Johnson’s New Immigration Rules Will Harm Britain’s Economy

The U.K.’s new points system will keep low-skilled non-English speakers out, pleasing pro-Brexit voters but devastating entire sectors—from agriculture to health care.

A resident rides a motorbike across an empty track.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The long-term consequences of the coronavirus, a significant election takes place in Ireland, and a look at Greece’s new foreign-policy crisis.

The European Union flag is seen through a windshield covered with raindrops in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 15, 2006.

Europe’s Post-Brexit Future Is Looking Scary

The continent is suddenly facing serious questions about its future role in world politics—and even in the trans-Atlantic relationship.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his government’s negotiating stance with the European Union after Brexit during a key speech at the Old Royal Naval College in London on Feb. 3.

Brexit Is Fake News

You can check out of Europe, but you can never leave.

A pro-EU message projected onto the cliffs in Ramsgate, southern England on Jan. 31.

So Long, Farewell

A transcript of Ursula von der Leyen’s remarks on Brexit

Protesters fly Union Jack flags and hold banners as they demonstrate outside City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 12, 2013, amid protests against City Hall's decision not to fly the Union Jack every day.

Northern Ireland Is in a Culture War. Brexit Is Making It Worse.

Nationalists and unionists are in a battle for cultural supremacy, complicating the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.

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