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The Nine Levels of Brexit Hell

Donald Tusk promised ‘a special place in hell.’ Let Foreign Policy be your guide through Brexit’s Inferno.

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat addresses delegates of the Organization of African Unity in July 1972 in Kampala, Uganda.

Theresa May Is Negotiating Like Yasser Arafat

The late Palestinian leader was legendary for forsaking promising opportunities, caving to extremists, and failing to appreciate the challenges of negotiating against a stronger opponent. Britain’s prime minister has perfected his diplomatic style.

Then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO summit in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

Don’t Fear the Deep State. It’s the Shallow State That Will Destroy Us.

Populists like to blame elites, but from Israel to Britain to the United States their crusade against hardworking civil servants is undermining the foundations of democracy.

A fisherman holds a Spanish flag during a protest in the bay of Algeciras, near the Rock of Gibraltar, on August 18, 2013.

As Brexit Looms, the Rock Is in a Hard Place

In Gibraltar, a British territory, 96 percent of the population voted against Brexit, but they are also adamantly opposed to joint rule by Spain. It might be time to reconsider.

A man holds a British passport in front of the flag of the European Union on Oct. 13, 2017 in Bath, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Great British Race to Get a Second Passport

As hard Brexit looms ever larger on the horizon, British citizens who want to keep living in Europe are taking matters into their own hands.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018.

Trump and May Are Discrediting Democracy

Chaos and dysfunction in Washington and London make liberal democratic government look bad—and embolden China and Russia to market authoritarianism as an efficient alternative.

A 'Leave Means Leave' sticker on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on Jan. 18, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Will Brexit Blow Up Britain’s Conservative Party?

Europe has ended the careers of many a Tory prime minister. If Theresa May can’t forge a deal that carries a majority, she could send the party into the political wilderness.

Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media at No. 10 Downing St. after her government defeated a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on Jan. 16. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Maybot and the Marxist

A stubborn prime minister and an intransigent opposition leader have brought British politics to a standstill. Parliament is poised to seize control of the Brexit process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a referendum rerun.

The political artist Kaya Mar stands with his painting depicting Prime Minister Theresa May playing a violin in Westminster on Jan 16. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Theresa May Stays but Only in Name

A thin victory in the no-confidence vote leaves no one really running the country.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons towards the House of Lords in London on June 21, 2017. (Kristy Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s Officially Nobody in Charge of Britain

The United Kingdom is facing a generational crisis and adults are nowhere to be found in Parliament.

A demonstration featuring a papier-mâché Theresa May head outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

A Very British Thrashing

Parliament stomps on May's Brexit dreams.

A British protester stands in Parliament Square in Westminster, London, on Jan. 14.(Richard Baker / In Pictures/Getty Images)

What to Read on Brexit

Ten things to read or listen to before the British Parliament votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed plan to leave the European Union.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to 10 Downing Street in central London after making a statement following the announcement of a draft deal on post-Brexit trade ties with the EU on Nov. 22. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Drama on Downing Street

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on Brexit.

A cartoon by David Low for the Evening Standard, originally published on June 18, 1940, just after the fall of France.

Clap Your Hands If You Believe in Brexit

Leavers cling to dangerous myths about the innate greatness of the British.

Prime Minister Theresa May s greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in London on Oct. 23, 2018. (Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Is Destroying Britain’s Constitution

Whatever the outcome, Brexit has triggered an irreversible collapse of Britain's political, legal, and social order.

A man protests against Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament in London on July 5. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Brexit Rubik’s Cube

On the podcast: Inside the British campaign for a second vote on leaving Europe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street on Dec. 12, 2018 in London, England. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Dead May Walking

The British prime minister survived a no-confidence vote, but solved none of her problems.

Pro Brexit protesters demonstrate with placards outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

No Brexit, No Exit From Brexit, and Nobody’s in Charge

The United Kingdom is in a mess of its own creation, and there's no way out.

Cambridge University students float down the River Cam in cardboard boats, part of the annual traditions to celebrate the end of exams, in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, on Jun. 17. (Joe Giddens/PA Images/Getty Images)

The Brexit-Fueled Death of the British University

For centuries, British schools were the envy of the world. Now they’re scrambling to stay alive.

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