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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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