Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

May 04, 2020

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a stark warning recently about the lack of progress in the post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. But now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come back to work after his battle with COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Gulliver Survived a Shipwreck, But Boris Fears Drowning

September 17, 2019

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...

Brexit Shuts Down Parliament

September 10, 2019

The shutting down of the British Parliament for approximately five weeks at a time when MPs would ordinarily wish to scrutinize the workings of government — especially given the particular vicissitudes of Brexit and all that it creates in terms of division, polarization and anger across society...

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

September 03, 2019

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”?

May 23, 2019

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...

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?

May 21, 2019

Nearly three years since the referendum, discussions over a Brexit deal are in a state of limbo. After British MPs rejected the withdrawal agreement three times, the European Union reluctantly backed a six-month extension to October 31. In the meantime, there is speculation about a post-Brexit...

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...

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...

The World This Week: Goldman Shrinks London Team on Fears of Brexit

February 12, 2017

Brexit marks new risks to the British economy at a time when the global financial system is wobbly and protectionist sentiments are on the rise. This week, the legendary public educator Professor Hans Rosling died. He used data in revolutionary ways to shatter preconceived notions about...

Are Theresa May’s Brexit Hopes Farfetched?

January 23, 2017

In a sudden move to pin all of the UK’s post-Brexit hopes on America’s mercurial strongman, does Theresa May know what she is getting herself into? In her long-awaited speech on January 17, British Prime Minister Theresa May finally clarified the phrase “Brexit means Brexit.” Despite...

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