Chris Patten: The UK’s hard Brexit choices have arrived
The UK government’s policy review reflects a characteristic Johnsonian feature: a chasm between aspirations and reality that cannot be bridged by make-believe and mendacity
Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, relations with its continental neighbours have gone from bad to worse. On both sides, a toxic blend of distrust and nationalism increasingly infuses almost every contentious issue.
On the EU side, both the European Commission and several member states have woefully mishandled the rollout of the bloc’s Covid-19 vaccination program. The EU has directed its threats of vaccine protectionism principally at the UK, whose vaccination campaign has...
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Susan O’Keeffe: Britain’s tough talking on Northern Ireland protocol conceals a crumbling mess
The British government’s call for a ‘standstill’ on the protocol lays bare the failings of Brexit and puts the EU back in the driving seat
John Walsh: Britain’s slide to illiberal state gathers pace under Boris Johnson
While Britain’s political travails are not yet on a par with Hungary’s or Poland’s, there have been some very alarming developments of late
Brexit fallout: ‘Sausage war’ is just a taste of food trade disputes to come
The row that has erupted in recent weeks isn’t confined to the status of the humble Cumberland sausage, but is indicative of core disagreements about the implementation of EU laws on food standards
Susan O’Keeffe: One Nation One Britain anthem strikes the wrong note
The British Education Secretary wants school children to join together and sing for shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect on ‘One Britain One Nation day’ — has he taken leave of his senses?