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David Stewart, S.J., a native of Scotland, lives and works at St. Ignatius Jesuit parish in North London and works in various Jesuit ministries across the capital and Britain.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street in London on Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartSeptember 25, 2019
The highest court in the land ruled unanimously and unambiguously that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in attempting to suspend Parliament only weeks before Brexit, the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union, is set to take effect.
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartSeptember 12, 2019
On Wednesday morning, gasps followed the court’s ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a suspension had the “improper purpose of stymieing Parliament.”
Anti-Brexit demonstrators march at Parliament Square, in London, on Tuesday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Politics & Society News Analysis
David StewartSeptember 03, 2019
Boris Johnson is trying to run out the clock and force a no-deal Brexit, writes David Stewart in his analysis of British politics. But suspending Parliament may be pushing things too far.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJune 07, 2019
Protest against Mr. Trump’s visit—specifically that he had been honored with a full-blown state visit—was loud and visible on London’s streets although organizers conceded that the numbers fell below expectations and were below the huge numbers of protesters during his previous, non-state visit.
Anti war demonstrators hold banners as they protest outside Westminster Abbey, as a service to recognize 50 years of continuous deterrent at sea takes place in London on May 3. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMay 17, 2019
Senior clerics of the Church of England joined politicians from the nearby Houses of Parliament to give thanks for the United Kingdom’s seaborne nuclear deterrent. A more ill-judged, if not blasphemous, event could hardly be imagined.
An anti-Brexit supporter stands by European and British Union flags placed opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, on March 18. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMarch 20, 2019
Parliament is being asked for the first time in history to enact something that it does not believe in.
Students join the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement during a climate change protest near Parliament in London on Feb. 15. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartFebruary 20, 2019
We are now relying on our children to act where we have failed, for their futures and that of their offspring.
The staggering parliamentary defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May, seen here leaving 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, pushed the country even further from safe dry land. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJanuary 23, 2019
After the stunning defeat of Theresa May's exit deal, Scotland is looking anew at independence, and the U.K. government fears economic disaster.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in London, on Dec. 19. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but it remains unclear whether lawmakers will approve the divorce agreement negotiated with the bloc.(Mark Duffy/UK Parliament via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartDecember 21, 2018
The British state continues to make preparations for the growing possibility of a no-deal exit, an outcome sufficiently plausible that it is spending large sums recruiting new staff and renting warehouse space for key supplies, such as E.U.-produced medicine, that may abruptly prove hard to come by.
The daughters of Asia Bibi pose in 2010 with an image of their mother outside their residence in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartDecember 05, 2018
Fearing reprisals from militant groups, Britain shies away from offering asylum to Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman whose death sentence for blasphemy against Islam has been thrown out by judges in Pakistan.