European Union

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…

An ode for Theresa May: Spectator poetry competition winners

6 August 2016 9:35

There was a good response to the call for poems on a political theme entitled ‘May day’ but the mood…

If the Lords try to end the Brexit nightmare, it will only end badly

6 August 2016 9:15

We could be heading for a colossal constitutional showdown. Earlier this week, Baroness Wheatcroft told the Times that she and other…

Does Theresa May really welcome global talent? If so, why destabilise EU nationals?

28 July 2016 14:40

After the Brexit vote, we at Index Ventures had been operating under the assumption that the new government would be…

Theresa May’s EU migrant stance is a chilling reminder of how nasty the Tories are

28 July 2016 13:45

There may be confusion about the role of EU immigrants in Westminster, but there’s none in Scotland. Our message is…

Kicking out EU nationals would be an act of unthinkable self-harm. Why is the PM even considering it?

28 July 2016 11:54

I am still angry at the exaggerations made by the Leave campaign, but even they did not stoop so low…

In defence of EU migrants: a plea to Theresa May

28 July 2016 11:26

During the Brexit debate, there was a wide mainstream consensus that EU nationals living in Britain should not be affected.…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit test is designed to fail

26 July 2016 8:37

Nicola Sturgeon still believes in Scottish independence. I know, who knew? That’s the point of the SNP, a party Ms…

Jean-Claude Juncker comes out fighting over Brexit

26 July 2016 8:00

Although Theresa May has repeatedly assured us that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, we’re still no closer to finding out what that actually…

Europol chief rows back on Brexit ‘Project Fear’ warnings

22 July 2016 8:55

Those who acted as the biggest cheerleaders for Project Fear in the run-up to the referendum now have the awkward…

Theresa May gets a warmer than expected reception in Paris, and a pledge on the border

21 July 2016 20:38

Paris was meant to be the more difficult leg of Theresa May’s first European tour as Prime Minister. But May’s…

Inflation is up. But don’t panic, it’s nothing to do with Brexit

19 July 2016 12:15

Inflation is up: between May and June it jumped from 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent. But before the…

Labour’s dismal showing gives Sajid Javid a gentler first day in the job

18 July 2016 16:13

Theresa May’s new government gets to work today, and first to face the heat of the Chamber was the Communities…

Boris’s EU summit debut shows why he is the perfect pick for Foreign Secretary

18 July 2016 10:26

After a bit of initial drama involving an emergency plane landing, Boris Johnson is in Brussels. There’s been a lot…

Theresa May faces an impossible test over Scotland and Brexit

15 July 2016 10:42

For some time now, and especially since September 2014, the SNP administration in Edinburgh has been inspired by a single,…

Watch: Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Boris – ‘he isn’t the man you want driving you home’

14 July 2016 9:30

Amber Rudd didn’t pull her punches during the referendum campaign when she aimed her fire at Boris Johnson. During a…

Theresa May has just shown she really is serious about Brexit

13 July 2016 22:41

‘Brexit means Brexit’ has been Theresa May’s message since she started running for the Tory leadership. But Brexit could mean…

Second EU referendum petition gets debate go-ahead. But what’s the point?

12 July 2016 15:45

Signing a petition calling for a referendum re-run might seem rather futile after the Brexit vote was done and dusted.…

Mark Carney clashes with Jacob Rees-Mogg over BoE’s Brexit warnings

12 July 2016 13:12

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Mark Carney’s clash at this morning’s Treasury Committee was a masterclass in passive aggressiveness veiled in pleases…

MEPs tell Brits: Auf wiedersehen et bonne chance

11 July 2016 10:31

‘I am deeply concerned. I am usually quite the optimist but this is probably the first time that I have…

The Great British Trade-off: Why the path to Brexit might be painful

4 July 2016 14:51

So when can the UK start negotiating its own trade agreements? Throughout the campaign and thereafter, Brexiters have made passionate…

It’s time for our warring politicians to wake up to what really matters

3 July 2016 18:34

Well I might as well say publicly what I’ve been saying to everyone who will listen privately for the last…

The Brexit test

3 July 2016 16:50

Stephen Crabb made a passionate plea this morning for Tories to stop thinking in terms of Remain and Leave when…

Forget the fighting. We’re entering a period of unparalleled opportunity for the Tories

1 July 2016 16:25

Auf wiedersehen, Boris. He’ll be back, like a blond, bloated Voldemort inhabiting another life form – Top Gear host? Archbishop…