The Brexit Deal Presents Opportunities for a New Partnership

February 03, 2021

It was agreed almost at the last minute: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the European Union and the United Kingdom, signed on December 30, 2020, prevented a no-deal Brexit just one day before the end of the transition period. Four and a half years after the referendum, relations...

Can the UK Avoid a No-Deal Brexit?

March 26, 2019

How might a new way forward on Brexit be uncovered if the existing deal is not accepted? Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. Avoiding a no-deal Brexit will require radical change in the way Parliament makes decisions. Now that the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the European...

Theresa May’s Surreal Game: Playing with Time

March 18, 2019

With her third attempt likely to fail, the British prime minister may never withdraw her proposal for withdrawal. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports. As this week begins, the UK and Europe find themselves less than two weeks away from the official cutoff date for Brexit. In the nearly three...

Theresa May Promises More Talks But No Walks

February 08, 2019

Newspapers have their own ways of talking about talks and influencing imminent disasters. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. Published simultaneously on February 7, following a meeting in Brussels between British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders, here are two contrasting versions of...

EU Tells May to March On

January 31, 2019

Before being swept from power and leaving Britain unmoored, Theresa May has had one last sweep with her parliamentary broom.  In a January 30 headline, The Daily Mail can't contain its excitement at what it sees as a historic moment: “Sweeping victory for May as she wins all but one vote in...

Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not

January 17, 2019

Divorce is turning out to be more painful than marriage and might make the UK stay in the European Union. These are days of high drama. William Shakespeare, the prince of playwrights, could not have penned it better. On January 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a historic defeat in...

Brexit Is Far from Over

January 16, 2019

The underlying structural and cultural problems of the UK are not going to change by leaving the European Union. On January 15, the Tory government faced the biggest defeat in British political history, when Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union was...

The Secret’s Out: Brexit Will Leave Britain Worse Off

November 29, 2018

Worse or worser: Britain has to choose how it’s going to choose again. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. There were some solid arguments in favor of British voters choosing to leave the European Union in 2016, but future economic prosperity apparently wasn’t one of them. The...

For a Brexit Deal, How Difficult Is the Irish Backstop?

October 18, 2018

Reaching a Brexit deal is far from over. Just look how difficult it was for the Canada and Ukraine agreements. The harder the Brexit, the harder it will be to reach a resolution of the Irish border problem. In a joint report in December 2017, the United Kingdom agreed to respect Ireland’s...

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