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Theresa May To Remain UK Premier After Forming Government With DUP

Theresa May has vowed to continue as prime minister after agreeing what was dubbed an “Irish Bailout” from the Democratic Unionist Party. Speaking in Downing Street, after a 20-minute meeting with the Queen, a grim-faced Ms May announced she had the backing of the DUP to provide the “certainty” the country needed.

Read Here – Independent

Theresa May’s Failed Gamble

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Understanding The U.K.’s Strange Singapore Envy

The New Singapore idea seems to be mainly that leaving the EU will allow the U.K. to cut taxes and roll back regulations, positioning itself as a free-market oasis just off the coast of Europe.

Read Here – Bloomberg

From Great Britain To Little England?

British Prime Minister Theresa May blinked more than once as she prepared to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and initiate Britain’s exit from the European Union. According to May, Brexit will transform the United Kingdom into what she calls “Global Britain.” But what lies ahead is really anyone’s guess. The UK has long been shorn of its empire; now it will be shorn of Europe, too.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

‘London Bridge Is Down’: The Secret Plan For The Days After The Queen’s Death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.

Read Here – The Guardian

Britain’s Secret Wars

For more than 100 years, Britain has been perpetually at war. Some conflicts, such as the Falklands, have become central to our national narrative, but others, including the brutal suppression of rebels in Oman, have been deliberately hidden.

Read Here – The Guardian

Britain, Europe And The World Rethinking the UK’s Circles Of Influence

The approaching referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union marks a defining moment for the country’s foreign relations. In addition to determining the UK’s future status in Europe, it will affect Britain’s ability to thrive in and help shape a rapidly changing world.

Read Here – Chatham House

How the British Royal Family Became A Global Brand

It is hard to imagine, say, the monarchs of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, or Norway as global brands in quite the same way. And while the successful branding of the British royal family is partially a product of Britain’s historic role in the world, it also has causes closer to home—in the evolving relationship between British royals and their subjects.

Read Here – The Atlantic

David Cameron Defends China Business Deals

David Cameron has defended the UK’s business links with China as he said deals worth £40bn had been struck during President Xi Jinping’s visit. Cameron hailed a deal giving China a 30% stake in a new nuclear plant. The PM said the two countries could maintain a “strong relationship” while having “necessary and frank discussions” about issues like the steel industry and human rights.

Read Here – BBC

Xi’s UK Visit Opens Golden Era For Sino-British Relationship

 

The New ‘M’

The first live radio interview with a head of MI5 – a person whose identity was once so secret they were known only as M – was certainly a broadcasting coup; but it was also the first public drumbeat of a carefully choreographed campaign by the government to revive its snooper’s charter legislation.

Read Here – The Guardian

Britain’s Populist Fantasies

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the British Labour Party is a reminder that life is rich with paradox. Globalization – the web of travel, technology, trade, and information that binds the world ever more closely together – is hardly a new phenomenon. But politics in many developed democracies has lately been disrupted by populist insurgencies seeking to exit this shared reality. What these groups do not seem to recognize is that the alternative they wish for is a fantasy.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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