Britain, the Six and the World Economy
The European Community and 1992
Britain in the New Europe
Europe's Endangered Liberal Order
The Importance of Being English: Eyeing the Sceptered Isles
What If the British Vote No?
The End of Europe?
Letter From London: One Market, Many Peoples
Will the Crash Scuttle the European Project?
Saving the Euro, Dividing the Union
Could Europe's Deeper Integration Push the United Kingdom Out?
The New British Politics
What the UKIP Victory and the Scottish Referendum Have in Common
The United Kingdom’s Retreat From Global Leadership
Should It Stay or Should It Go?
The Brexistential Crisis
Putting a Safety Valve on Democracy
The Conservative Case Against Brexit
Euroskepticism's Biggest Fallacy
Why Brexit Would Benefit Europe
The Pragmatic Case for Brexit
The New Divided Kingdom
A Brexit Post-Mortem
Life After Brexit
Brexit's False Democracy
What the Vote Really Revealed
The Roots of Brexit
1992, 2004, and European Union Expansion
The Irish Question
The Consequences of Brexit
Scotland After Brexit
Will It Leave the United Kingdom?
The Swiss Model
Why It Won't Work for the United Kingdom
NATO After Brexit
Will Security Cooperation Work?
A Brexiteer's Celebration
A Conversation with Kwasi Kwarteng
A Remainer’s Lament
A Conversation With Ed Balls
May's Brexit Mastery
Time for the United Kingdom to Move On
So close, and yet so far away. . . .For thousands of years, the peculiarities of geography have shaped the relationship between the British Isles and continental Europe. The Channel and the North Sea have served as both barrier and bridge, creating a unique situation in which life on either side of the water has evolved neither entirely separately nor entirely in sync. After World War II, questions of political and economic integration displaced questions of military security, but how to share peace and prosperity has proved almost as difficult as how to avoid war.
The shocking vote for “Brexit” on June 23 is thus only the latest twist in a long and complex story, and it raises far more questions than it answers. What does sovereignty mean in the twenty-first century? How much globalization is enough? And above all, is it possible for partners such as the United Kingdom and the European Community to remain loosely tied together in perpetuity, moving neither forward toward marriage nor backward toward divorce?
At Foreign Affairs, we’ve been following these debates closely for generations and are delighted to offer readers a guide to the subject that is as comprehensive as it is timely. It’s all here: from the tussle over whether the United Kingdom should join the Common Market, to its unique role in the European Community, to the bold new era of the European Union, to the buildup of populist tensions in the wake of large-scale migration and the financial crisis, to the domestic political maneuvering behind the referendum, to the vote’s stunning outcome and its turbulent aftermath.
We’ve gathered the highlights of our coverage from the 1960s to last week, all marked by the combination of authority and accessibility that is the hallmark of the Foreign Affairs brand. In June, Justice Secretary Michael Gove—one of the leaders of the “Leave” campaign—dismissed the overwhelming elite consensus opposing his position by saying, “I think people in this country have had enough
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