Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse
The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.
Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades
Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.
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.
How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism
The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.
The World Is Reaping the Chaos the British Empire Sowed
Locals are still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.
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.
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.
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.
Capitol Hill Could Imperil Any New U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal
Despite Trump’s eagerness to help a post-Brexit Britain, plenty of obstacles stand in the way—and not just the usual suspects.
Brexit Means Bad News for the British Pound
The markets think leaving the European Union won’t be a sterling outcome.
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.
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Britain Will Protect Victims of Domestic Violence—Unless They’re Migrants
Theresa May sought to burnish her legacy by introducing landmark legislation on domestic abuse before she stepped down. But like her hostile environment immigration policy, it leaves women without papers with nowhere to turn.
Uncle Sam Doesn’t Have Your Back
Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have made it clear that the United States is no longer committed to protecting Europe. The need for a viable pan-European defense force has never been greater.
Boris and Donald’s Wrecking Ball
It will be a new sort of “special relationship” as the men who lead the U.S. and the U.K. work to undo what their predecessors built after World War II.
Britain’s Power Play in the Persian Gulf
The United Kingdom hopes to get European countries to join it in a maritime coalition to protect vulnerable tankers near Iran.
Boris Johnson’s Russian Oligarch Problem
Britain’s new prime minister has a shaky record in dealing with the Kremlin and its cronies. Here’s how he can fix it.