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 […]
What would it take for the UK to rejoin the EU? Anthony Salamone sets out how the UK would have to change and the demands the Union would make. Abandoning its opt-outs, the UK would have to start from scratch and accept being a more normal member state – and thus make its second EU … Continued
How British MPs can navigate their new (or not-so-new) surroundings.
We must not put public money into the pockets of a company accused of abetting the most egregious human rights abuses in the modern world.
Through Brexit, Britain wanted to regain absolute sovereignty. Sovereignty means the ability to achieve a country’s goals, such as increasing prosperity, most effectively. However, the effect of Brexit might be precisely the opposite, meaning that Britain has far less impact on the world stage than before, argues Tony Czarnecki. The UK’s wish to control migration … Continued
LSE Brexit asked some of our academics to predict what kind of Brexit we can expect in 2020. Michael Cox and Tim Oliver compare the UK to a ship being tossed around on a stormy and cold ocean looking for a harbour that probably does not exist and a destination it might never arrive at. 2020 … Continued
The blunt reality is that China is a cyber risk and will remain so for years. It has a dreadful reputation for cyber attacks and intellectual property theft.
The EU delegation to London, modeled on its one in Washington, will open next month.
There is plenty of evidence that Russia has been deliberately expanding her economic and political influence over the EU’s newest member.
Iran, accustomed to artful brinksmanship and operational deniability, and equipped with an experienced cyber army, may take its revenge online.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave a speech at LSE on 8 January 2020. It is a great pleasure to be back here at the London School of Economics – a place which brings back so many happy memories for me. The year I spent here taught me so much … Continued
The French president points to security and EU interests as pivotal areas.
We are well-placed to aid in de-escalating the crisis, and ultimately securing a diplomatic solution.
It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
His decision to mistreat America’s traditional allies in the region, especially the Kurds, now look likes an even worse error of judgement than it did at the time.
POLITICO’s predictions for the year ahead.
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.