The English Left: A Tragedy of Our Insular Times

February 01, 2019

Despite its early 20th-century intellectual history, English thought never sought an impact outside Britain. In the 1930s, international battalions of the left flocked to Spain to join the fight against fascism. From France came figures like André Malraux, problematically the first tomb raider...

Brexit Talks Could Run Till 2020

July 11, 2016

Will Brexit negotiations be over before the 2020 general election? Former Prime Minister John Bruton explains. The next general election in the United Kingdom will take place in 2020. If the Article 50 notice is served in 2017, it is possible that the process of UK withdrawal from the European...

Brexit Party Over, Hangover Sets In

July 01, 2016

Why are voters in the US and the UK abandoning “reality-based” politics? Because the elites who proclaim them abandoned the voters. It’s the morning after. The British have woken up, dazed and woozy. They’re not exactly sure what happened a few days ago. But one thing is clear: Their...

Why Brexit and the Success of Trump Should Not Surprise You

June 27, 2016

The global economic crisis has greatly contributed to the rise of far-right politics in the West manifesting itself in outcomes such as Brexit and the unprecedented rise of Donald Trump. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) with the full effect of the economic,...

Why the British Said No to Europe

June 27, 2016

Pro-Brexit voters have struck a blow for real peace and democracy in Europe, says John Pilger. The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union (EU) was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their...

The World This Week: Brexit Ends UK’s Troubled Marriage With EU

June 26, 2016

Angry alienated people and England’s public school elite combine to win the Brexit referendum, creating an existential crisis for the UK and the EU. On February 21, this author analyzed the United Kingdom’s tortuous relationship with the European Union (EU) and predicted that the referendum...

The UK-EU Separation: How Fast Does it Happen?

June 25, 2016

Up until the British rebuff on June 23, the EU had always been in expansion mode. The UK vote to leave the EU marks the first-ever case of this process being reversed. In the past, there have been a number of situations where a country could be outside the European Union (EU) legally,...

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

June 23, 2016

Far-right nationalists and neoliberal capitalists will survive the demise of institutions like the EU. What about the rest of us? This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances and unions that have incrementally strengthened the ties...

With Brexit, London Would Lose Business as a Global Financial Center

June 23, 2016

London could lose its status of a global financial hub if there is a Brexit. Who would win the business that the British capital would lose? There are multiple sub-scenarios in the aftermath of a Leave vote on June 23. In almost all of them, however, London would lose business as a global...

Britain Should Stay in the European Union

June 20, 2016

British voters should consider how they can make the European Union better, says former Prime Minister John Bruton. The fact that British voters are free to hold a referendum, and free to decide to leave the European Union (EU), shows that the EU is a voluntary union. It is not an empire that...

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