The Mood of Brexit Is More than a Grammatical Problem

March 27, 2019

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...

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...

Unless Britain Is Better Informed, a Second Referendum Will Only Make Things Worse

March 11, 2019

As facts and civil discourse are abandoned for misinformation and hysteria, the democratic waters are becoming murkier. On March 12, Theresa May will be given another opportunity to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. The British prime minister’s position is not envious. Jean-Claude...

The Case for a Second Brexit Vote

January 25, 2019

Democracy is all about people changing their minds.  It’s not in the text of Dante’s Inferno, but I suspect that those residing in the upper circles of hell regard their neighbors in the bottom circles with a mixture of pity and relief. Cleopatra, buffeted by strong winds in the second...

May Survives Another Confidence Vote, But What’s Next?

January 17, 2019

If a new deal is well and truly off the table, there is a limited set of options the UK government can pursue. Just 24 hours after suffering a historic defeat in Parliament over her Brexit deal, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, has survived a vote of no confidence in her government...

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...