European Union

Theresa May’s love of class politics shows she’s no heir to Blair

2 October 2016 8:57

One of the professional drawbacks of coming from Scotland and then moving to London is that I don’t really know…

May’s Brexit offering

1 October 2016 22:47

Theresa May’s biggest conference dilemma was what to say about Brexit. She doesn’t want to trigger Article 50 yet, or…

Hong Kong offers an exciting vision of a post-Brexit future

24 September 2016 9:00

Since he moved to Hong Kong three years ago, the Rat’s Cantonese has been coming on apace. This has rather…

The Brexit bounce continues – ten forecasters up their predictions for 2016 growth

21 September 2016 12:49

The Brexit bounce continues. HM Treasury has today released forecasts of the economists it follows, as it does every month.…

Brexit U-turns: who is rowing back on their Project Fear warnings?

21 September 2016 12:35

In the run-up to the referendum, we were warned Brexit would unleash misery. George Osborne suggested a vote for Brexit…

Will Donald Trump have the last laugh?

19 September 2016 15:44

‘I am getting nervous. But it’s not because Trump is good. It’s because people are stupid’. So said the (usually)…

The Spectator podcast: The Brexit bounce

10 September 2016 9:56

On the morning of the 24th June, Britain woke to find its stock market shattered and its pound pummelled. It…

Imagine there’s no countries… and therefore no museums

10 September 2016 8:30

I’m not a great optimist about the whole Brexit thing, although my colleagues would mostly disagree. It’s as if we…

The Spectator podcast: The Brexit bounce

8 September 2016 9:43

On the morning of the 24th June, Britain woke to find its stock market shattered and its pound pummelled. It…

Let’s not overhype a free trade deal with Australia

7 September 2016 8:34

The best thing to say about the UK kicking off preliminary trade talks with Australia is that they’re a start. In…

Some clues as to what David Davis means by Brexit

5 September 2016 19:12

David Davis has just finished his first statement to the Commons on the process for the UK exiting the European…

Theresa May’s honeymoon period comes to an end

5 September 2016 12:33

The Prime Minister and her colleagues are very slowly starting to reveal what they think they mean when they say…

Is May dropping the ‘Leave’ campaign’s immigration policy?

5 September 2016 7:53

‘Brexit means Brexit’, Theresa May has repeatedly reassured us. But it seems Brexit might not mean an introduction of a…

May says general election will be in 2020

4 September 2016 8:45

Theresa May is on her way to her first G20 summit. But she has still sat down for the traditional…

The inside story of how the Brexit vote was won

2 September 2016 15:29

In the months before the referendum, the ‘Leave’ campaign’s press operation had been in control of the campaign. But in…

Theresa May shows she wants to be defined by more than just Brexit

31 August 2016 11:45

Theresa May welcomed the Cabinet to Chequers with this address, just released by Number 10: ‘Thank you very much for…

Theresa May’s great Brexit brainstorm starts today

31 August 2016 8:05

Summer is over. Or at least as far as Theresa May is concerned it is, as the PM gathers her…

Who’s at the ‘back of the queue’ now, Obama?

30 August 2016 15:44

Wasn’t it one of the ‘Remain’ campaign’s big arguments that leaving the EU would deprive us of the ‘clout’ we…

Mark Carney’s referendum ‘uncertainty spike’ exposed as bluster

26 August 2016 12:02

In the runup to the referendum, we heard repeated warnings that, whatever the outcome of the actual vote, the damage…

Today’s net migration figures show the huge task facing Theresa May

25 August 2016 10:30

The good news for the Government is that net migration is down. The bad news? It’s down by so little…

Brexit won’t finish the EU, insist Merkel, Hollande and Renzi

23 August 2016 8:15

It’s no surprise that Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi chose to host a press conference with Angela Merkel and Francois…

Economists, not the economy, are the only ones taking a battering from Brexit

18 August 2016 12:46

There are queues outside the money exchanges as we desperately try and swap our worthless pounds for euros. The Red…

Forget the ‘Norway model’. Germany suggests UK could get ‘special’ EU status

17 August 2016 11:18

Britain’s decision to leave the EU sent shockwaves crashing throughout the continent. As Europe struggled to interpret the outcome of…

Will Theresa May finally stick up for EU workers’ rights?

16 August 2016 8:04

Theresa May has somewhat shamefully maintained her reticence over the rights of EU workers to stay in Britain after Brexit.…

Britain’s trade deficit will be a useful Brexit bargaining chip

9 August 2016 11:23

Britain’s trade deficit – the difference between what we import and export – widened in the run-up to Brexit. Figures…