British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, campaigning in the North West, takes part in the warm up before a girls' soccer match between Hazel Grove United JFC and Poynton Juniors on Dec. 7, 2019 in Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom.

For Boris Johnson to Become Prime Minister Again, He (Probably) Has to Win His Seat First

The Conservative Party leader’s hold over his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat represents the narrowest constituency majority for any prime minister in more than five decades.

Ali Milani, the British Labour Party's parliamentary candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, speaks to campaign volunteers before canvassing in the Eastcote area of London on Dec. 7.

The Biggest Threat to Boris Johnson Isn’t Jeremy Corbyn

The British prime minister isn’t afraid of the Labour party’s leader. To retain his parliamentary seat in an increasingly diverse west London district, Johnson is facing a tight race to fend off Ali Milani, a 25-year-old immigrant from Iran.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn Is Caught in Labour’s Immigration Wars

Voters want to close borders. Activists want to open them.

Workers line up to sing communist "red" songs at an instant noodle factory run by Nanjie village in China's central Henan province.

Chinese Firms Can’t Avoid Being Party Tools

The sale of British Steel is a dangerous foothold for Chinese Communist Party power in the U.K.

Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson shoots a basketball

The NBA’s Hong Kong Disaster Should Warn Britain Off Huawei

Boris Johnson is set to let the Chinese giant back into U.K. telecoms. That would be a mistake.

Iranian monarchists on Aug. 27, 1953, after staging a successful coup.

The United States Overthrew Iran’s Last Democratic Leader

Despite a campaign of historical revisionism in Washington, the archival record makes clear that the U.S. government was the key actor in the 1953 coup that ousted Mohammad Mosaddeq—not the Iranian clergy.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits with pupils as he visits Middleton Primary School in Milton Keynes, England, on Oct. 25.

The British Public Is Tired of Boris Johnson

The prime minister needs a triumph at the ballot box. He probably won’t get it.

Union Jacks flap in the wind in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Oct. 23.

A Diminished Nation in Search of an Empire

Boris Johnson’s dreams of an Anglosphere to replace the European Union aren’t new. Ever since the end of colonialism, the United Kingdom has sought ways to revive its standing.

Turkish soldiers and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters gather.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Suspected white phosphorus attacks in Syria, sanctions take their toll on Chinese firms, and Britain debates Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured.

Parliament Is Skeptical About Boris’s Brexit Deal

Still, if the new agreement fails to gain approval, the public may not blame Johnson at the polls.

Motorists pass an anti-Brexit Irish Unity banner as they drive in Dundalk, Ireland on Oct. 16, 2019.

Will Brexit Stumble Over Northern Ireland Again?

The Democratic Unionist Party’s statement on the latest deal with the European Union.

A British flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower in London.

Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution

British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won’t have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his keynote speech at the 2019 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, on Oct. 2.

Johnson Shifts His Political Calculations on Brexit

The prime minister now expects there will be a delay, but he thinks voters will reward him at the polls for trying.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses conference in his keynote speech on September 24, 2019 in Brighton, England.

The Labour Party Can’t Govern Itself, Much Less Britain

If you thought the Tories were a mess, you should have seen Labour's annual conference.


The West Has a Resentment Epidemic

Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London on September 4, 2019.

Jeremy Corbyn Is a National Security Threat

The radical Labour leader is anti-Western, not pro-justice.

A mace on its way to Britain’s Parliament in 2005.

The Weapon Britain’s Parliament Can’t Do Without

The mace is a symbol of royal power—and sometimes of lawmakers’ anger.

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