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Henry Porter

Henry Porter has 24 articles published.

Trump’s America, as seen from Brexitland A guide to coping with overwhelming political frustration and horror.

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Dear Americans: You have my deepest sympathy. We Remainers are familiar with your plight—the shock, the bewilderment, the vague feeling of dread when you wake each morning. What America is enduring—the triumph of lies and xenophobia over enlightened value—is perhaps even harder to bear than it was in England during Brexit since there is nothing quite as monstrous or false as Donald Trump over here, or anywhere else in Europe. But the Trump victory and Brexit are the result of the same populist insurgency, as many Trump supporters have gleefully pointed out. The Far Right is also on the march in France, Germany, Holland, Austria, and across Eastern Europe, and it has drawn strength from Trump’s victory.

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Has the U.K. already Castrated Itself? Brexit, and now Scoxit, could have far more significant—and existential—consequences than their populaces might fathom.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves 10 Downing Street in London today with her Brexit minister, Michael Russell after a meeting with Theresa May the leaders of the devolved parliaments of the British Isles to discuss the EU.

Given the unprecedented psychological stress of the American presidential election, the possibility of Scottish independence may not, admittedly, seem like a very urgent matter. But after the U.K.’s vote to leave the E.U., however, much is threatened by renewed calls for Scottish independence—most compellingly, Britain’s influence on the international stage, the viability of its nuclear arsenal, and its position as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

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Britain’s High Court Gives Parliament a say on Brexit A debate over sovereignty exposes the hypocrisy of the Leave campaign.

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The first good news since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union broke today, as the High Court ruled that Parliament must vote on Article 50, the mechanism that will trigger the two-year timetable that will end with the United Kingdom’s departure from the union.

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Boris Johnson’s Latest Move Would Make Trump Blush What the most recent volte-face by Britain’s new foreign secretary suggests about the dire future of the U.K.

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When it comes to barefaced untruth and witless inconsistency, there is perhaps only one politician in the Western world who approaches the level of Donald Trump: Boris Johnson, the former Conservative mayor of London who became British foreign secretary in the wake of the United Kingdom’s narrow vote to leave the European Union this June.

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God Save the United Kingdom Nearly three months after Brexit, a new—and scary—Britain has emerged. Will it infect all of Europe? Or is it too late?

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Rather than satisfying or calming any xenophobic tendencies, the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, cast 11 weeks ago, has destroyed a lot of trust and good nature in a fairly successful multi-ethnic society. On the very day in which British prime minister Theresa May was reassuring her Polish counterpart, Beata Maria Szydło, that Parliament was doing all it could to stop hate crimes against Polish workers, for instance, a Polish man was reportedly attacked by a mob of 20 teenagers in the northern city of Leeds. This event followed the death of a 40-year-old Pole named Arek Jóźwik, who was allegedly killed by a single punch during an unprovoked attack in the Brexit stronghold of Harlow, near London. Hours after a vigil was held for Mr. Jóźwik, two more Poles were reportedly brutally assaulted in the town.

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The Brexit Battle Lines Are Now Coming Into Formation After a summer-long phony war, the British people are bracing for a fall filled with turmoil—and surprise.

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The episode now known as “Traingate” suggests a lot about the state of British politics in this post-Brexit era—particularly the hopeless nature of her Majesty’s Opposition, the Labour Party, which supported remaining in the E.U. and is led by Jeremy Corbyn, a man whose body language, bearing, clothes, and speech tell you that he does not want to be the prime minister of the United Kingdom. If he did want the job, Corbyn would not have sat down on the grimy floor of a train carriage en route to a speaking engagement in North England and subsequently explained to a camera that he was there because he could not find a seat.

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The Brexit Culprits You Never Saw Coming Two months after the consequential vote, the profound irony of Brexit is becoming clear—but perhaps not to those who voted for it.

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As I watched half a dozen Eastern European workers cutting zucchini and placing them on a slow-moving trailer in the small English village where I was brought up, one of the hard truths regarding the epic, self-defeating lunacy of Brexit came home to me: Britain’s precarious food supply.

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The Brexit Hangover Just Got Worse

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Theresa May has left London with her husband, Philip, for a walking holiday in Switzerland, a country that is not a member of the European Union, although it does allow the free movement of people—even British prime ministers. May has said that she enjoys the peace and quiet of the Alps, which she will certainly need before the Brexit phony war ends in September and her government faces the challenge of extricating the United Kingdom from the European Union—an operation that will likely be worse than amputation without anesthetic.

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Is Theresa May a Trump or a Clinton? The people of Britain, still in shock over their own decision to leave the E.U., are dying for a hint.

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Five weeks after Britain placed a loaded gun inside its mouth by voting to leave the European Union, two questions now weigh most heavily upon the minds of those inside the United Kingdom. First, what have we done? And, second, exactly what is our new prime minister, Theresa May, who sided with Remain but has insisted upon Brexit, up to?

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Can Hillary Re-Invent Herself – Again? Clinton has been at pains this week to prove to a skeptical press and public that there is a new version of herself

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PHILADELPHIA—When Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president tonight, she will have been a household face in national politics for nearly a quarter of a century—a full generation. In November, there will be millions of first-time presidential voters eligible to cast ballots for her who had yet to be born when she became First Lady. In fact, there will be millions of second-time voters who weren’t alive then, too.

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What is Theresa May’s Endgame? There may be reason to believe the U.K.'s new P.M. has a long game plan.

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Figure this out, if you can: after the months-long Brexit campaign, perhaps the most bitter chapter of British politics in living memory, the country voted to leave the European Union in order restore the democratic control of the Westminster Parliament. Then, without a murmur of democratic dissent, David Cameron’s successor as prime minister, Theresa May, was appointed by a hereditary monarch, without even a run-off against her main rival (the self-destructing Andrea Leadsom), or a single vote cast by the 150,000 members of May’s Conservative party—let alone a general election.

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Why Brexit is the Perfect Sequel to the Iraq War Im Britain, the two follies bear striking resemblance.

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On the surface, things in London appear reassuringly normal on a fine summer’s day. The parks are full; new exhibitions of David Hockney’s and Georgia O’Keeffe’s work have opened; and the lawn tennis championship is reaching its climax at Wimbledon. But beneath the surface, the Brexit vote continues to unleash unprecedented turmoil, which has only been exacerbated in recent days by the publication of Sir John Chilcot’s long-delayed report on Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.

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