Brexit Might Break Britain. What Will Scotland Do?
Scotland, six years after its last crack at independence, is hankering to be a “global good gal,” charting its own foreign-policy course independent of London.
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Brexit Is a Distraction from the United Kingdom’s Real Economic Woes
To rebuild its position as a powerhouse, the country will need to focus on its deeper problems.
Boris Johnson’s Plan to Get Brexit Done and ‘Hang the Consequences’
The United Kingdom is going back on the terms of its divorce with Europe, threatening any future trade deals and even the integrity of the U.K. itself.
Don’t Trust Boris Johnson’s Britain
European leaders have always been wary of Perfidious Albion. The British prime minister once again confirmed their worst fears.
How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic
Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.
Why Do Royals Get Away With So Much?
Prince Andrew’s entanglements with Jeffrey Epstein lack the usual excuse of affairs of state.
How to Lose an Election on Foreign Policy
Jeremy Corbyn’s blunders over Russian poisoning were critical to his polling collapse.
Britain’s Domestic Abuse Bill Still Leaves Migrants at Risk
After months of delay, Boris Johnson’s government has rejected amendments to the landmark legislation that would ensure support for some of the country’s most marginalized women.
Johnson Is Bringing Brits Home, but They’re Probably Safer in Spain
The British government’s haphazard approach to quarantining travelers won’t make up for its failed domestic coronavirus containment efforts.
Europe Can Preserve the Iran Nuclear Deal Until November
After a humiliating defeat at the U.N. Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what’s left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the U.S. election.
John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland
The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.
Boris Johnson’s Remarkable U-Turn From Sinophile to China Hawk
Six months ago, Britain was the most China-friendly state in Western Europe. That’s ancient history now.
Britain Is Botching This Cold War Just Like the Last One
British politicians and spies are continuing a tradition of sticking their heads in the sand against inconvenient attacks.
China Will Use Huawei to Spy Because So Would You
There is a long, and secret, history of countries—including Britain and the United States—forcing companies to protect national security by helping them eavesdrop in bulk.