British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. “Remember Johnson’s policy on cake: he was pro-having it, and pro-eating it.” Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

It’s possible that Brexit – treated strictly as an intellectual concept – is a brilliant idea. However, it was sold with falsehoods and is now being m(...)

 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during election night in The Hague, The Netherlands, 15 March 2017. Rutte’s center-right VVD party has won the most seats in the parliamentary elections . EPA/JERRY LAMPEN

Mark Rutte, the centre-right Dutch prime minister, described Wednesday’s parliamentary elections as continental Europe’s first test in 2017 of the ant(...)