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Statement by Michelle Egan on New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

"Boris Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt today in the Conservative party leadership contest. Around 92,000 eligible Conservative Party members voted for Johnson which amounts to 0.3% of the electorate in Britain. He is the third out of the last four Prime Ministers to not be selected by a general election contest. He faces several immediate foreign policy challenges including the seizure of a British flagged tanker, the detention of an Iranian British national, and the pending Brexit deadline.

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.

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