Young, gay and multiracial, the Irish prime minister seemed to embody the new Ireland. But he neglected the domestic audience, which is expected to cast him out on Saturday.
Mark LandlerLeo Varadkar is a trail-blazing Irish prime minister who negotiated a good deal on Brexit. But he didn’t fix Ireland’s housing crisis, and voters now appear ready to throw him out of power over it.
Britain and the European Union now face the all-but-impossible task of drawing up a comprehensive trade deal in a year’s time.
Mark LandlerBoris Johnson wants to cut a trade deal with Europe by the end of 2020. The EU’s new chief turned up in London to tell him it’s never going to happen. Welcome to Brexit, season 4. W/@_StephenCastle
Britain’s prime minister cannot risk criticizing the American president, whose support he needs for trade negotiations after Brexit. But he could be exposed if Iran opens a serious trans-Atlantic rift.
Mark LandlerTrump didn’t bother warning Boris Johnson about his strike on Suleimani. And now the PM is in a bad spot: caught between the US and Europe. How Johnson is navigating the first crisis of the post-Brexit era.
To deliver what British prime minister Boris Johnson calls the “people’s priorities,” sharp spending increases are promised for health care and the police.
Mark LandlerTwo months ago, Queen Elizabeth opened Parliament amid political turmoil over Brexit. Today, she was back to do it again, minus her velvet cape and horse-drawn carriage, as Britain struggles to get back to normal.
The British prime minister is more grim tactician now than “the clownish, cuddly fellow” of the past. So far, it seems to be working.
Mark LandlerBoris Johnson built his political persona on being clownish and cuddly. But in the joyless UK campaign that ends today, he became a hyper-cautious tactician with a simple slogan: “Get Brexit done.” Will it be enough?