Our coverage of Brexit
A selection of recent stories
Britain was always an awkward member of the EU. It joined late, complained lots and on January 31st 2020 became the only country ever to leave. At the end of 2020, after a transition period during which the two harrumphing sides eventually concluded an UK-EU trade deal, Britain went its own way. The Economist has covered this European fissure—the issues behind it, the haggling and the post-Brexit possibilities—from the beginning. To keep up with the best of our coverage, bookmark this page.
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The Chipping Norton reset
The Brexit realignment continues
The Labour Party has been hammered in its old heartlands, but inches forward in the Tories’
A fish fight between Britain and France
Jersey is the centre of a row over fishing rights
Dublin saw it coming
How the Irish Republic is making the best of Brexit
The North is finding things harder
Upcoming elections
How the Tories may triumph in the Hartlepool by-election
Sleaze in London does not seem to be shifting opinions in the north-east
Life after Brexit
Brexit has caused very few finance jobs to leave London
Early predictions of a flood of jobs disappearing have not been fulfilled
Northern Ireland
Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s first minister, is ousted
The Irish Sea border has claimed its first victim
Growing apart
How Britain can benefit from Brexit
Damage is inevitable, but there are ways of mitigating it
Spilling onto the streets
Brexit is the catalyst for rioting in Northern Ireland
With marching season approaching, it is a dangerous time in the province
Relations with the EU
Fishy statistics
Norway shows the scale of salmon farmers’ Brexit problems
Fish are doing much worse than whisky
Britain and the European Union
Hopes of a better post-Brexit relationship with the EU are fading
Differences over Northern Ireland will outlast vaccine nationalism
The cost of Brexit becomes apparent
Filling the GDP gap it has created will be hard
After Brexit
Counting the cost of Brexit’s impact on trade
The government talks of teething troubles, but the red tape is here to stay
Other international relations
Trade deals
Britain has successfully rolled over the EU’s trade deals
Now it gets harder
Very well, alone!
Britain needs a post-Brexit foreign policy
It may well be hard to find
Trade policy
Farmers, greens and animal-lovers make doing trade deals difficult
Campaigners want imported food to meet Britain’s domestic standards
Trade and farming
Why food blocks a British-American trade deal
It’s a pig of a problem
Explaining Brexit
The Economist explains
Why is the Northern Ireland protocol so contentious?
Brexit has created a new border within the United Kingdom that is straining a fragile peace
The Economist explains
In what circumstances would Scotland get another independence referendum?
Brexit has fuelled support for a second vote
The Economist explains
Why “equivalence” matters in Brexit Britain
The country’s financial-services institutions need it for a large chunk of their European business
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