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BREXIT: Tug of War or Revolution

On March 29, 2019, the day originally slated for a United Kingdom departure from the European Union, Parliament rejected for a third time the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. Based upon the decision reached among the 27 European leaders last week, Britain will now leave the EU on Friday April 12. Unless a major political change takes place, the Europeans will kick the Brits out with placards saying “Good riddance.”  However, within the British Isles deep divisions exist and their origin merits examination. Two groups have moved beyond jaw jaw to mobilizing and marching.

'At the very heart of Europe': New Evidence on John Major's Foreign Policy

The British National Archives in Kew is a special place.

In 2013, it began its move towards releasing records when they reach 20 years old, instead of 30 years. Since then, two further years’ worth of government records are being transferred to the archives year until 2022, when the archives will receive the records from 2001 and 2002.

Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957

The British Empire remained a superpower—certainly by the original definition of 1944—at least until 1957 when the reelected Eisenhower administration asserted what it called “a declaration of independence” from British authority.

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War. In this riveting volume—the fruit of a unique British-Russian scholarly collaboration—the messages are published and also analyzed within their historical context.

Brexit Update: Deal or No Deal?

For the latest on the road to Brexit, we spoke with Wilson Center Global Fellow Michelle Egan, who has been following the story long before the historic UK vote to exit the EU was takenIn this episode of Wilson Center NOW, she provides analysis of the fallout from the recent high-profile resignations in Prime Minister May’s cabinet and the possibility of not reaching a deal by the March 2019 deadline.

Alternate Forms of Brexit and Their Implications for the UK, the EU, and the US

Brexit is the first time since World War II that a developed country has decided to leave a major international institution without military defeat or political revolution. RAND’s study, "After Brexit: Alternate Forms of Brexit and their Implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States," uses game theory to analyze the broad issues, then delves into the potential economic effects of five “hard Brexit” and three “soft Brexit” options.

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