Can Britain wriggle out of Brexit?

Leaving the EU is harder than anyone thought, but so is defying the will of the people

Tearing down the political temple

Britain will be poorer at home and diminished internationally. It marks a retreat from the world

Vote leave supporters listen as Boris Johnson addressed a crowd in Norwich today.
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Brexit will change everything

Vote against the EU could turn out to be a vote against the United Kingdom

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Perils of a populist paean to ignorance

Social media has muddied the line between prejudice and facts

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The dubious lure of taking on the elite

The dirty little secret of EU membership is that it has been an economic success story

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The Outers’ ugly campaign to vilify Turks

Those in favour of leaving the EU judge that rational argument is best met with mendacity

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Brexit would tear Britain apart

If England left, it would make sense for Scots to swap one union for another, writes Philip Stephens

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A Brexit myth of Brussels (mis)rule

Good or bad, imaginative or dull, the important decisions have been taken at home

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Brexiters have bet the bank on anger

The goal was always to harness the myriad grievances of voters to revolt against Brussels

Asia risks repeating Europe’s errors

The handling by China and the US of North Korea is an important test and opportunity

Trump would tear up the Pax Americana

He is proposing to dismantle the global architecture established by the US after the war

Millennials would bear the cost of Brexit

The paradox is that those most likely to be affected are the least likely to vote on June 23

Brexit may break Britain’s Tory party

The Leave campaign has opted for invective over rational argument

Why Brexit crowd wants to silence Obama

The notion that there is a choice to be made between the Channel and the Atlantic is flawed

US politics closes door on free trade

Without America, momentum will be lost. The danger will be of a slide into outright protectionism

Trump tears up the boundaries of politics

The Republican candidate has cast aside the idea that public service can serve a moral purpose

Fatalism taints the Obama doctrine

To observe that the US cannot solve every problem should not be to conclude it is powerless

Trump has friends across the Atlantic

Populists replace argument with blame, facts with prejudice

The Valley should step out of the cloud

As custodians of the digital future, they believe this higher calling should grant them immunity

Why Boris Johnson is wrong about Brexit

How does a sovereign country make itself more sovereign by declaring itself, well, sovereign?


Philip Stephens Philip Stephens is a commentator and author. He is associate editor of the Financial Times where as chief political commentator he writes twice-weekly columns on global and British affairs.

He joined the Financial Times in 1983 after working as a correspondent for Reuters in Brussels and has been the FT’s Economics Editor, Political Editor and Editor of the UK edition. He was educated at Wimbledon College and at Oxford university.

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