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Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

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.

Paramedics remove an injured man suspected of being an undercover police officer and attacked during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on Aug. 13.

Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades

Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.

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.

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

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.

A map of the world circa 1870 with possessions of the British Empire colored in red.

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.

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.

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss arrives at No. 10 Downing St. for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25.

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.

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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.

Our Best Reads This Weekend

Boris Johnson becomes Britain’s prime minister, Donald Trump wades into the Kashmir conflict, and the Ebola epidemic in Congo rages on.

Britain's then-Prime Minister Theresa May talks with a survivor of domestic violence on a visit to a charity providing support for victims in west London on May 13, before she stepped down.

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.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker  Stena Impero, with 23 crew members aboard, off the port of Bandar Abbas on July 21, after they seized it in the Strait of Hormuz.

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.

Then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump greet each other before a meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, 2017.

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.

The British warship HMS Montrose is seen docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol on Feb. 3, 2014.

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 stands in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during a visit to Red Square in Moscow on Dec. 22, 2017.

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.

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