The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop

The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop

Predictions of the break-up of the UK may be reaching a crescendo, but they are scarcely new. In 1707, Jonathan Swift wrote a poem deriding the Act of Union between England and Scotland, which had just been passed, for seeking to combine two incompatible peoples in one state: “As if a man in making posies/…

Why ‘Texit’ Is Naive at Best

Why ‘Texit’ Is Naive at Best

Well wishing and power fantasies cannot topple geopolitical realities and the fact that Washington will simply never let a Texit take place. There is an interesting tendency in American political history that whenever there is some sort of crisis, one answer to it, especially from the Right, is some form of secession. The waves of…

Brexit Was Johnson’s Churchillian Moment. So Britain Can Now Have Its Cake and Eat It?

Brexit Was Johnson’s Churchillian Moment. So Britain Can Now Have Its Cake and Eat It?

Britain got its independence back and got the best trade deal it could hope for with Brussels. Too good to be true? There was a great deal of bluffing on both sides, right up to the line. But the Brexit deal, finally nailed on Christmas eve, was ultimately a considerable victory for Britain and a…

Covid-19, Brexit-21 and Dreadnought-28: The UK in Economic and Social Turmoil

Covid-19, Brexit-21 and Dreadnought-28: The UK in Economic and Social Turmoil

Covid-19 is familiar to us as the virus causing a worldwide pandemic that has killed millions. Brexit is withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which, although calamitous for Britain, is not a matter for wide international concern. And thirdly, as the excellent researchers of the House of Commons note, “the Dreadnought programme…