We must now change the status of these passports to allow Hong Kong BNOs a quicker path to full UK citizenship.
We need the broad range of powers the US adopted after the death of the Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Economically and politically, Beijing takes advantage of asymmetric openness: we’re open to them, but they are not to us.
The great fanfare around the US-UK trade agreement creates expectations that almost certainly will not be met, argues Dalibor Rohac (AEI). While the Trump administration is looking for an easy deal and a symbolic gesture, it stands little chance of getting through the current House of Representatives, or being upheld by a Biden White House. Negotiating … Continued
Those that prevent ordinary Syrians from accessing humanitarian aid and economic opportunities should be ended.
Dr Sarah Ingham is the author of The Military Covenant: Its Impact on Civil-Military Relations in Britain She is a… Read more »
As with Brexit, much of the Tory family finds itself pitted against the permanent State on how Britain aligns itself in the world;
What is the prospect of a UK-China trade deal after a no-deal Brexit, ask John Ryan (LSE)? Johnson will have to choose sides when the US-China trade confrontation resumes – an accord with one may mean discord with the other. In the end, however, the US-UK relationship is destined to be more “special” than the UK-China one. … Continued
Economic activity worldwide, as well as in the UK, has slowed down almost to a stop. The proclamations that non-EU countries were queueing up to sign advantageous trade deals with Britain to replace commerce with the continent now ring hollow as governments everywhere imposed draconian controls on the movement of people and goods in addition to … Continued
Major post-Brexit planning exercise postponed to October at the earliest as UK government grapples with coronavirus.
The Covid-19 pandemic may be exposing the weaknesses of populism. We should not be complacent, however, as authoritarianism is the real problem, warns Daphne Halikiopoulou (University of Reading). Covid-19 has already infected over 700,000 people worldwide (at the time of writing). Its exponential spread has placed national health systems under severe strain, it has closed borders, … Continued
Since January 2020, the UK has ceased to be a member of the EU. For the first time, an entire country has voluntarily left the bloc. Negotiations have started on the relationship between the UK and the EU after the current transitional period. But what about the current EU member states? Will some of them … Continued
Britain hasn’t had a prime minister more infatuated by history for 50 years — but his place in it will be shaped by events he could never have foreseen.
Brexit opens a Pandora’s box of security, defence, and foreign policy issues. Cornelia-Adriana Baciu (Johns Hopkins University) argues that the UK’s future global position will depend on a series of factors: international cooperation in the defence industry, the UK’s internal security (Northern Ireland), the country’s future commitments to European security and foreign policy (CSDP/CFSP) and NATO. Future relations … Continued
Scott’s gamble is that it is in Wallace’s interest to wrap things up quickly – due to fears for his position. The Prime Minister is making a strikingly similar gamble.
What effects might Brexit have on the EU’s capacity to play an effective role in the world arena, asks Michael Smith (University of Warwick)? The Withdrawal Agreement suggests that both the UK and the EU will have to reassess their global roles and their discourses of globalism, but whereas for the UK this is an existential … Continued
‘Democracy crisis’, ‘illiberalism’, ‘authoritarian regression’, ‘executive takeover’. The dark political mood in Europe has generated its own language in recent years. In the corridors of power, there is often a strong agreement on what needs to be defended: liberalism, the rule of law, judicial independence, free media, and individual rights. In other words, across the … Continued
Johnson must not fall for the myth that China is a coming global power, or that it won’t trade with Britain if the Government gets tough on human rights.
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has reignited concern about the long-standing ‘tug of war’ over the clearing of euro-denominated instruments – first and foremost, derivatives. Scott James (KCL) and Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna) explain the EU’s post-Brexit policy on euro clearing. Clearing is the process by which a ‘clearing house’, also called a ‘central counter … Continued
Amid the posturing about trade, the fact that Britain no longer has a voice in the EU has gone largely unremarked. N Piers Ludlow (LSE) warns that alienating European allies by talking tough risks harming the UK’s soft power and long-term interests. At the heart of Edward Heath’s speech winding up the so-called ‘Great Debate’ … Continued
He says the US is not behaving like an ally by refusing to send Anne Sacoolas, who is accused of killing British teenager Harry Dunn in a road accident, back to the UK.
Pierce replaces Kim Darroch, who was forced to quit the post in December.
A trade deal between the UK and US is still on track despite the 5G bust-up.
Britain was never fully in the EU, and it may never be fully out either.
The UK may be departing, but it leaves behind a bloc that has been shaped by a succession of British architects.
As the UK leaves the European Union, Philip Allott (University of Cambridge) reflects on ten occasions when Britain has badly misjudged and mishandled challenges to its hegemony – both internal and external – and traces the cause to the dominance of the executive branch. An alternative British political history since 1945 could focus on a remarkable … Continued
Boris Johnson set to decide whether to ban equipment made by Huawei from the UK’s 5G network.
A decision looms for Britain on 5G and Huawei. London’s choice will signal whether it wishes to stay close to Europe when dealing with Beijing – or to go its own way, writes Janka Oertel (European Council on Foreign Relations). Now that we know that Britain really is leaving the European Union, it is time … Continued
We need to have a Foreign Affairs Committee that mixes idealism with clear thinking – and holds the Foreign Office to account.
The United States is “focused” on striking a trade deal with the U.K. by the end of the year, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday. “The U.K. is our most important relationship … it’s a very strategic relationship,” Mnuchin said in an interview at a Chatham House event, where he reiterated that the U.K. remained “top of […]