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The climate protest group Extinction Rebellion blocks traffic in Richmond, B.C., on Oct. 25 as supporters protest the expansion of Vancouver International Airport. Such protests are taking place worldwide. (Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters)

Earlier this month, U.K. climate activists demonstrated against the planned expansion of 10 airports in what was the largest anti-airport protest in British history. The U.K. government had recently rejected one of its own agencies’ scientific advice, which said that expanding airports in London, Glasgow, Southampton and elsewhere would conflict with the government’s net-zero climate goals. In the report, titled “Net Zero: Principles for Successful Behaviour Change Initiatives,” the agency recommended reducing demand for high-carbon activities such as air transport.

U.K. protesters aren’t alone. Over the past couple of decades, there’s been a worldwide increase in local anti-airport movements, motivated both by global climate concerns and by local worries about issues such as water pollution and displacing poor or minority communities.…  Seguir leyendo »

A truck is parked outside a money exchange on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland near Jonesborough, Northern Ireland. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)

Once again, Northern Ireland’s border is causing strife between the United Kingdom and the European Union. This time, however, it is not just Northern Ireland’s century-old political border with the Republic of Ireland that is the source of the problem, but Northern Ireland’s new post-Brexit economic border with the rest of the U.K.

While tension over what’s called the “Northern Ireland Protocol” seems to have de-escalated after European and U.S. lawmakers intervened, the calm won’t last. The protocol was a messy compromise over how to implement Brexit while maintaining Northern Ireland’s fragile peace. Despite initial problems over coronavirus vaccine supplies, it’s been functioning fairly well.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hace un año defendí que la Unión Europea y el Reino Unido llegaran a un convenio amistoso por el cual, en vez de cerrar un acuerdo comercial, optaran por facilitar mínimamente el intercambio mercantil con periodos de transición, y que luego volvieran a la casilla de salida. Esto hubiera requerido mucho más tiempo, pero habría dado como resultado un acuerdo que podría haber situado la relación entre ambos sobre una base sólida.

El pacto establecido deprisa y corriendo justo antes de las Navidades del año pasado podría ser anulado dentro de poco por la Unión Europea si Londres sigue adelante y activa el Artículo 16 del Protocolo de Irlanda del Norte del acuerdo de retirada.…  Seguir leyendo »

Signs and flowers near the Clapham Common Bandstand in London on March 17, after the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard by a Metropolitan Police officer. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Something very peculiar is happening in Britain. There is a newly visible toxicity in its institutions, particularly the police and the army. If it was lurking beneath the surface before, now it has emerged, a rough beast slouching into the light. The beast is misogyny, a wave of which has gripped our news cycle with appalling force, part-eclipsing even the COP26 climate conference.

In the past week in London, two Metropolitan Police officers admitted photographing the bodies of two sisters, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, murdered in a park last year while celebrating a birthday. The officers superimposed their own heads onto those of the victims, and shared their creations on WhatsApp with 42 colleagues.…  Seguir leyendo »

Queen Elizabeth on her 21st birthday. Credit Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“Su majestad es una chica bastante agradable / Pero no tiene mucho que decir”, cantaba el Beatle Paul McCartney en una cancioncilla juguetona incluida en el álbum Abbey Road de 1969. La letra me viene a la mente cada vez que la reina Isabel vuelve a ser noticia, lo cual ha ocurrido a menudo en los últimos años, con la serie de Netflix The Crown; la muerte de su marido, el príncipe Felipe, y las desventuras que acaparan titulares de su progenie real.

Sin embargo, las últimas noticias —que la reina ingresó a un hospital “para realizarle algunas investigaciones preliminares”— suscitaron un nivel distinto de emoción y ansiedad, que no disminuyó del todo con el mensaje tranquilizador de que “sigue de buen humor”.…  Seguir leyendo »

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends an event in London on July 29. (Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP)

About six months after Britons voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, then-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gave a speech on his country’s putative new place in the world. “Brexit emphatically does not mean a Britain that turns in on herself,” he said. “We are not some bit part or spear-carrier on the world stage. We are a protagonist — a global Britain running a truly global foreign policy.”

Johnson, the prime mover behind Brexit, is now prime minister. When world leaders come together in Scotland for the Glasgow Climate Change Conference at the end of this month, he’ll have a chance to show whether his “Global Britain” ambition is for real.…  Seguir leyendo »

Queen Elizabeth on her 21st birthday. Credit Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl / But she doesn’t have a lot to say,” sang the Beatle Paul McCartney in a playful ditty tucked into the 1969 album “Abbey Road.” The lyrics come to mind whenever Queen Elizabeth is back in the news, which has been happening often in recent years, what with the Netflix series “The Crown,” the death of her husband, Prince Philip, and the headline-hugging misadventures of her royal progeny.

The latest news, however — that the queen had entered a hospital “for some preliminary investigations” — raised a different level of emotion and anxiety, not fully relieved by the reassuring addendum that she “remains in good spirits.”…  Seguir leyendo »

The Pandora Papers website as displayed on a smartphone. Photo Illustration by Mykola Tys/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

In response to the recent revelations of the Pandora Papers, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak claimed the UK is one of the best in the world at tackling money laundering – a debatable claim given, while the UK laws are robust, enforcement of them is often lacking.

But Sunak’s point misses the main issue anyway, because the majority of the Pandora stories are not about money laundering – the transference of illicit funds – but the proceeds of grand corruption or ‘kleptocracy’.

Such proceeds may include some illegal funds but most is money which is technically earned ‘legally’.…  Seguir leyendo »

Boris Johnson Is Playing Another Trick

The world’s activists and delegates soon on their way to Glasgow have reason to be anxious. After all, they are gathering for a climate summit with exceptionally high stakes. Known as COP26 and running from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, the conference is perhaps one of the world’s last chances to keep the average global temperature from rising less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels — and to avert planetary heating on a terrifying scale.

This apprehensive mood seems not to affect Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, the leader of the host nation. With bombastic optimism, Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

The City of London Is Hiding the World’s Stolen Money

En 1969, dos años después de que las Islas Caimán, un territorio británico, aprobaron su primera ley para permitir fideicomisos secretos de baja fiscalidad, un informe oficial del gobierno abordó una nota siniestra. Advertía que una oleada de propuestas deslumbrantes de desarrolladoras privadas estaba llenando las islas. Las Islas Caimán se estaban convirtiendo rápidamente en un Estado capturado por finanzas turbias.

Esos fueron los inicios punzantes de un sistema moderno que evidenciaron los Papeles de Pandora, una enorme filtración de datos que coordinó el Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación. Los documentos expusieron un revoltijo de acuerdos financieros cuestionables y secretos que involucran a más de 330 políticos y funcionarios públicos de más de 90 países y territorios, y a más de 130 multimillonarios de Rusia, Estados Unidos y otras partes del mundo.…  Seguir leyendo »

UK-Latin America trade: Room to grow

In 1999 the then director of Chatham House, Victor Bulmer-Thomas wrote in his monograph British Trade with Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries that commercial and investment ties between the UK and Latin America had been underperforming since the 1970s.

Little has changed since then. Potential remains for increased trade and investment in areas such as agriculture (primarily exports from Latin America to the UK) and financial services and technology (primarily investment and exports from the UK to Latin America).

In an informal survey, Chatham House asked investors and commercial attachés on both sides of the Atlantic why commerce and investment numbers were so low.…  Seguir leyendo »

Shoppers on Belfast High Street. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Being from Northern Ireland is exhausting. Being from Northern Ireland and experiencing Brexit is maddening. Two years ago Boris Johnson hailed the withdrawal agreement, which established the Northern Ireland protocol, as an “oven-ready” deal. The EU patted itself on the back. We knew better. We had an inkling of what was to come.

Here we are, almost a year since the protocol was actually implemented, and we’re still talking about it. After declaring that there was no Irish Sea border, after ignoring the fact that businesses in Northern Ireland were sounding the alarm about its implications, the EU and the UK government are still trying to fix their mess.…  Seguir leyendo »

España y el Reino Unido tras el Brexit

Tras la salida del Reino Unido de la UE, la libre circulación de personas ha llegado a su fin entre ambos bloques. Aquellos que antes podían trabajar, estudiar, residir o jubilarse sin ninguna traba, han perdido ahora todos sus derechos. Si bien podría ser deseable alcanzar un acuerdo sobre libre movilidad entre el conjunto de los Estados miembros de la Unión y el Reino Unido, como el ya existente con Suiza, dicha opción parece poco realista, al menos en la coyuntura actual en la que ni conservadores ni laboristas británicos abogan por dicha vía. Dado que este tema afecta especialmente a España, ha de abrirse el debate sobre la posible adopción de un acuerdo bilateral de libre movilidad de personas.…  Seguir leyendo »

The City of London Is Hiding the World’s Stolen Money

In 1969, two years after the Cayman Islands, a British territory, passed its first law to allow secretive offshore trusts, an official government report struck an ominous note. A tide of glossy propositions from private developers, it warned, was washing through the islands. Cayman was fast becoming a state captured by shady finance.

Those were the pungent beginnings of a modern system brought to light by the Pandora Papers, an enormous data leak coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The papers exposed a smorgasbord of secretive and questionable financial dealings by more than 330 politicians and public officials from over 90 countries and territories — and over 130 billionaires from Russia, the United States and elsewhere.…  Seguir leyendo »

Travelers at terminal 5 in London Heathrow Airport on July 27. (Hollie Adams/Bloomberg)

This week, the British government enacted and then rapidly changed its official covid-19 vaccination and travel policy for England, a confusing one that promised to create more problems than it solved. At first, visitors holding vaccination certificates from certain countries, primarily in Europe and North America, were exempt from mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival. But the initial policy did not recognize certificates from many countries, including all African countries, much of Latin America and large Asian countries such as China and India. It also only recognizes four vaccines — by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — not the full list of vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.…  Seguir leyendo »

Gran Bretaña fue una gran nación, pionera en la industria, la ciencia, la globalización y las buenas maneras. Sin el valor británico y la determinación de Winston Churchill, Europa quizá sería nazi. ¿Tendremos que hablar pronto en pasado de esta prestigiosa herencia? Nos preguntamos cómo las mismas personas que eligieron a Churchill y a Margaret Thatcher aceptan ahora ser dirigidas por un payaso. Los payasos, a veces, son divertidos; Boris Johnson no lo es. ¿Quién puede reírse de los desastrosos efectos del Brexit en la vida diaria de los británicos? Las tiendas se han ido vaciando desde que el continente europeo dejó de abastecerlas y viajar fuera del país y volver es una pesadilla; los aeropuertos de Londres pronto estarán

desiertos.…  Seguir leyendo »

Britain Is Heading Into a Nightmarish Winter

Long lines outside gas stations. Panicked drivers fighting one another as the pumps run dry. Soldiers deployed to distribute fuel across the country. And in the background, the pandemic stretching on, food rotting in fields and families sinking into poverty. This is Britain in 2021.

Not long ago, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted all pandemic restrictions in July, the mood across the country was cautiously optimistic. A successful vaccine rollout had finally restored cherished freedoms to daily life: visiting friends and family in their homes, socializing with strangers, eating in restaurants. Cases of the virus continued to multiply, but the number of hospitalizations and deaths fell markedly.…  Seguir leyendo »

Un supermercado inglés con las neveras prácticamente vacías

Las fábricas de polvorones y mantecados de Estepa ya trabajan a pleno rendimiento con la esperanza de que, por fin, estas Navidades todos podamos disfrutar de estos dulces sevillanos con sabor a canela y ajonjolí. Lo mismo sucede con los turrones alicantinos de Jijona, muchos de los cuales acaban en las mesas de comensales portugueses, franceses y británicos. Y es que el 82% de los turrones que exportamos llega a nuestros vecinos de Europa. Hasta la fecha, el Reino Unido ha sido el tercer mercado receptor de nuestros turrones, aunque me temo que a partir de ahora bajarán muchos puestos en esta lista.…  Seguir leyendo »

Channeling his inner Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson earned a few headlines recently by addressing his continental “friends” in “Franglais.” “Prenez un grip et donnez-moi un break,” he said of the French reaction to the new U.S.-Britain-Australia alliance. (“Get a grip and give me a break.”)As an expatriate Brit nouvellement arrivé at London’s Heathrow Airport from France, I would like to give the British prime minister some equally amicable advice in the foreign language he evidently knows best. “Sortez-out vos horribles problemes de border before lecturer le reste du monde."

As numerous travelers have had occasion to note, the passport lines at Heathrow have become a national disgrace.…  Seguir leyendo »

Dos días antes de los desembarcos en Normandía de junio de 1944, Charles de Gaulle exigió el derecho a gobernar Francia tras ser liberada por los aliados. Franklin D. Roosevelt, que detestaba al General, no tenía intención alguna de aceptar su demanda. Winston Churchill, que más bien admiraba las fantasías de grandeza del francés, se alineó con el Presidente estadounidense, diciéndole al líder de la Francia Libre que, si tenía que optar entre de Gaulle y Roosevelt, siempre escogería a Roosevelt.

Esa actitud era completamente comprensible. Europa estaba ocupada por la Alemania nazi. La Francia Libre era en gran medida una fuerza simbólica y Gran Bretaña era una de las tres principales potencias aliadas.…  Seguir leyendo »