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Negotiating the End of Brexit

Negotiating the End of Brexit

It is increasingly likely that, unless things change, on January 1, 2021, we will have a no-deal Brexit. That would mean the only deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom would be the already ratified EU withdrawal agreement of 2019. There are only around 50 working days left in...

Gulliver Survived a Shipwreck, But Boris Fears Drowning

Gulliver Survived a Shipwreck, But Boris Fears Drowning

The Brexit spectacle increasingly appears to have been conceived in the spirit of traditional British holiday pantomime. It has become the longest-running, comically-absurd cliffhanger in European political history, now starring a lone hyperreal hero, Boris Johnson, a man who has far more...

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

The New York Times has its own version of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary, glossing words or expressions that appear in the news cycle. They call it “The Interpreter.” Consistent with the newspaper of reference’s heavily marketed image of “gray” seriousness, it is more angel than...

Is Theresa May about to Cry “Mayday”?

Is Theresa May about to Cry “Mayday”?

Theresa May has tried one more time after trying again and again, and to her surprise, she has failed yet again. British Prime Minister Theresa May appears mystified. But at least, after so many attempts, she is now in a position to tell us why everyone else is wrong and how pitiful the outcome...

Is Brexit Just an Example of Politicians Following the Fads?

Is Brexit Just an Example of Politicians Following the Fads?

As the plot continues to thicken with no denouement in sight, Brexit is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Like the classic silent film serial Perils of Pauline, Brexit has turned into a never-ending series of cliff-hanging news cycle episodes...

The Mood of Brexit Is More than a Grammatical Problem

The Mood of Brexit Is More than a Grammatical Problem

The grammar of Brexit, stuck for two years in the subjunctive mood, is now aiming at a shift of moods thanks to Wednesday’s indicative vote. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports. Anyone who has studied the grammar of any language in a classroom at any point in their life may remember the...

Brexiteers Are Not After Compromise

Brexiteers Are Not After Compromise

Leading Brexiteers are after catharsis, not compromise. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. In the UK, a no-deal Brexit has become increasingly likely. This is because Prime Minister Theresa May has decided her priority is to avoid a split in the Conservative Party. She has...

The Pros and Cons of Brexit

The Pros and Cons of Brexit

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Malcolm Sawyer, professor emeritus of economics at Leeds University. In June 2016, a majority of Britons decided in a referendum that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union in what has become known as Brexit. The UK is the...

Liam Fox Has Got Brexit Wrong

Liam Fox Has Got Brexit Wrong

What is worse: having a mafia contract on your life or the kind of contract some Tories believe has been taken out on the British people? Theresa May’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, appealed to imaginary legal principles clearly at odds with political reality as he attempted to...

Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not

Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not

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

Brexit Is Far from Over

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...

Why Is There an Irish Backstop?

Why Is There an Irish Backstop?

The Irish backstop is simply an effort to mitigate the damage that Brexit causes to peace in Ireland and the UK. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. It puzzles many people in Britain that something known as an “Irish backstop” should be at the heart of an increasingly bitter...

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

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

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...

Labour’s Stance on Brexit Will Be Crucial

Labour’s Stance on Brexit Will Be Crucial

The Labour Party is the dealmaker when it comes to Brexit. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. The worst possible outcome of Brexit for Ireland would be the UK crashing out of the European Union without a deal because Parliament cannot make a decision. The key to avoiding this...

Theresa May’s Brexit Ship Is Going to Sink

Theresa May’s Brexit Ship Is Going to Sink

Despite her titanic efforts, Theresa May’s ship of state has sprung some dangerous leaks. The idea of a coherent British government, unified around a shared vision of its own future and the destiny of the nation, has become increasingly impossible to imagine. The mere idea of finding a Tory...

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