Tag: Brexit

My son is the same age as the Good Friday Agreement - why that matters

Our Belfast-born son turns 20 this summer, the same age as the Good Friday Agreement, signed on April 10th, 1998, that marked the start of the end of what in Northern Ireland was known as ‘the Troubles‘. Throughout his life, he’s heard me talk about the Troubles. But the Belfast I’ve described, a city of... Read more »

No one asked me if Theresa (with an 'h') May - or may not - meet Donald Trump

‘May I?’ is such a polite turn of phrase. But in most cases, it really means ‘I’m doing this anyway, pal, but I’ll observe the social niceties and ask your permission while sounding oh-so-posh at the same time’. It’s how I imagine I would have been asked about Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, addressing... Read more »

Meet Boris Johnson, Britain's John Kerry. Or maybe not.

<iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MoohnpHq1dA?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Even US State Department spokesman Mark Toner can't resist one on hearing the news Boris has bounced back.
He’s back! Boris Johnson has been appointed the UK Foreign Secretary, the individual charged with handling the UK’s relations with foreign countries, our version of your John Kerry. If the name sounds familiar, he’s the same chap who stood against former Prime Minister David Cameron in the recent referendum over whether Britain should remain part of... Read more »

10 things I like and don't like about the Brexit fallout. Including Tony Blair.

(Updated on June 30 to take account of the Boris Backstabbing) Fallout is a great word to describe what the British-but-possibly-soon-to-be-no-longer-EUropean people are living in right now. First there was the actual falling out between 52% of the citizens of the United Kingdom who voted in the Brexit referendum on June 23, and the European Union. Then... Read more »

Finding the right words to explain Brexit to young children (irony alert)

Sweetheart, we want to talk to you about something. You may have heard your teachers, or your friends’ older brothers and sisters talking about something called ‘Brexit’. You may have seen them look very serious, they may have used words like ‘divorce’ and ‘recession’ and ‘leadership battle’, words you’ve sometimes heard on the television when... Read more »

Brexit bombshell: thoughts on waking up and discovering I'm no longer EUropean

In case you missed it, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union yesterday. The result was close – 52% leave to 48% remain – but unquestionable. We were monitoring last night’s voting returns whilst here in the USA, and before we went to sleep, we knew we would most likely wake up no... Read more »

Would a Brexit divorce mean a croissant-less UK?

The secret family recipe. Imagine in a fit of pique, France registered the crescent-shaped croissant as being of uniquely French origin, and that only those made in France could be called croissants. Much as in the same way only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called champagne.<br><br> And imagine if they also registered the shape of the croissant, so we couldn't even call it a 'crescent' as it would have to be straight. Except people in the UK actually would be happy with that as they apparently prefer the non-curved version as it's easier <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/18/tesco-bows-to-customer-demand-in-selling-straight-croissants"> to spread with jam.</a> <br><br> photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/9106303@N05/25246072325">Brexit</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">(license)</a>
The big day is upon us and it’s down to the wire. This Thursday my fellow countrymen and women in the United Kingdom are voting on whether they want to remain part of the EU, and it’s anybody’s guess as to the result. Let’s face it, if Northern Ireland can get through to the last... Read more »

What if the UK/USA 'special relationship' meant Brexit led to BritUS?

There’s all this fuss going on about whether the UK should leave the EU. I’ll not bore American readers with the ins and outs of the in-out campaign (the BBC explains it here), but silly rules over things like abnormally curved bananas, higher than predicted immigration, and a very high ‘club’ membership fee have irked enough... Read more »