Britain

A sign that reads "You can't stay home if there is no home"

When Home Is More Dangerous Than the Coronavirus

Lockdowns are leaving domestic violence victims worldwide trapped with abusers.

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.

Medical workers wearing protective gear take samples from a driver with suspected symptoms of coronavirus at a test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Feb. 29.

Without Mass Testing, the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Spreading

Countries such as South Korea that test thousands of people per day have slowed the outbreak. Other nations must adopt Seoul’s model before it’s too late.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Britain Drops Its Go-It-Alone Approach to Coronavirus

Johnson government admits its strategy of allowing the virus to spread and build up immunity was a failure but stops short of mandatory controls.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut

Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.

Wall Street and other markets plunged again

Another Big Market Collapse Heightens Fears of Global Recession

Fed fails to avert panic over coronavirus impact with no concrete U.S. fiscal stimulus in the offing and little government handle on the outbreak.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Keep Calm—and Carry On Spreading the Coronavirus

Britain has been exceptionally slow to respond to the pandemic. Trump's decision to omit the U.K. and Ireland from his European travel ban won't help halt the spread of the virus.

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making Canada their home—but support for the monarchy is looking shaky.

As Harry and Meghan Arrive, Canadians Wonder if They Should Dump the Queen

The celebrity couple abandons their royal duties and moves to Vancouver Island. For Canadians, that rekindles an old debate: Why is a British monarch still their head of state?

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.

Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Lisa Nandy

Britain’s Labour Party Starts Deciding Its Post-Corbyn Future

Front-runner Keir Starmer is seeking to get past Jeremy Corbyn and return the party to the early glory days of Tony Blair, but whoever the winner is will have to reckon with the party’s hard turn leftward.

Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy speaking at a campaign event for Labour Leader and Deputy Leader on February 16, 2020 in London, England.

When Social Justice Activism Becomes an Act of Self-Destruction

An overly strident campaign by Britain’s Labour party to protect transgender people is alienating potential allies across the country.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon acknowledges applause following a speech at the party's annual conference in Perth, Scotland, on Nov. 15, 2014.

How Russia Is Prodding Scotland Toward Independence

To justify its breakup of Ukraine, the Kremlin seeks to embarrass the U.K. and other major NATO allies. But the Scottish National Party wants nothing to do with Putin.

Children warm themselves around a fire.

Boris Johnson Is Shutting the Door on Child Refugees

In the name of strengthening its negotiating position after Brexit, the British government is removing internationally recognized protections for unaccompanied children who were once welcomed in the U.K.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 6.

Scotland’s Leaders Are Using Independence to Distract From Scandal

Bad governance and sexual abuse claims have left the Scottish National Party in urgent need of another referendum.

Police assist an injured man in London, on Nov.  29, 2019 after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge.

Tougher Sentencing Won’t Stop Terrorism

A string of attacks in Britain have led Boris Johnson’s government to seek simple remedies that won’t fix the problem.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (left), Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (center), and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald take part in the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios.

Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?

After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, 2019.

Boris Johnson Bows to Trump on the Middle East

Eager to curry favor and win a new trade deal, the British leader seems ready to follow the United States’ lead on the Israelis and Palestinians.

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.