Britain’s Brexit election is its most volatile in memory – and 3 other superlatives about the snap poll (WEF)

Britain’s minority Conservative government has given up trying to get its Brexit deal through parliament and has called a snap election for 12 December. Here’s why it will be an election like no other.

Hard Brexit Truths (Project-Syndicate)

Though UK Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a Brexit deal with the EU, the chances that it will gain parliamentary approval on January 14 seem vanishingly slim. Instead, the UK increasingly seems to be facing a choice between two extremes, each of which would likely involve another referendum.

Bill Emmott is a former editor-in-chief of The Economist.

As Brexit Deadline Beckons, Few Signs of Change in British Attitudes (Chatham House)

People with Union Flag backpacks in Whitehall on 19 December. Photo: Getty Images.

People appear more pessimistic about the direction of Brexit, but there is little indication that Leave voters are giving up on the idea.

Professor Matthew Goodwin

London Bridges to Nowhere by Project-Syndicate

In December, negotiators from the European Union and the United Kingdom were able to conclude phase one of the Brexit negotiations by leaving key issues unresolved. But British leaders’ apparent conviction that they can muddle through the Brexit process is setting up the UK for a rude awakening.