Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

July 26, 2019

All eyes are focused these days on Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom.  But that’s not the most important news this month out of Britain. The Labor Party has finally come around to opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, though it’s possibly a case of...

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...

Brexiteers Are Not After Compromise

February 16, 2019

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 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...

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...

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...

Is There a Way Out of Brexit?

September 04, 2018

Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum on Brexit. But with time running out, what will the UK do? Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. On September 2, British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that to have a second referendum on Brexit would be a...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Not the “End of the World”

August 31, 2018

When our leaders tell us about the future, it may be time to start worrying. British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump have one thing in common this week: both appear focused on the future. Whereas Trump, looking forward to the outcome of the midterm elections in November,...

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