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Theresa May’s Brexit is a mess. But will Tory MPs dare move against her?

14 November 2018 13:02

It’s time for Bond — Basildon Bond,’ is the joke among pro-Leave MPs as Theresa May serves up her mess…

Macron and Trump’s doomed bromance is good news for Marine Le Pen

14 November 2018 11:52

Emmanuel Macron’s hosting of sixty world leaders in Paris last weekend to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice has turned…

George Osborne takes revenge

14 November 2018 11:48

To the surprise of some Brexiteers, today’s front pages have been broadly sympathetic to Theresa May and her troubled deal.…

Listen: Labour adviser damns Corbyn with faint praise

14 November 2018 11:30

If Theresa May’s deal collapses today, the country could well be heading for another general election (sorry Brenda). So it…

Why the Cabinet must reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal

14 November 2018 11:14

Let’s be clear. If the Cabinet supports the Prime Minister’s proposed deal today, and they somehow manage to whip Parliament…

DUP: our deal is with the Conservatives, not Theresa May

14 November 2018 9:34

It’s not been a great start for the Prime Minister this morning, as the ERG and DUP have loudly voiced…

Brussels ‘leverage’ leak makes life even more difficult for Theresa May

14 November 2018 8:33

It’s crunch day – yes, really this time – for Theresa May. After spending the evening in one-on-one meetings with…

Jacob Rees-Mogg considers writing a letter

14 November 2018 8:15

Oh dear. The bulk of MPs haven’t even see Theresa May’s proposed deal yet but already suspicion is growing that…

Here’s what Theresa May has just agreed on Northern Ireland. And no, the DUP won’t like it

13 November 2018 20:38

On the controversial – some would say “life or death” – question of how to keep open the border between…

Theresa May’s uphill struggle to sell her Brexit deal

13 November 2018 18:55

Right now, the government can’t try and sell the Brexit agreement as Theresa May is currently engaged in the delicate…

Books Podcast: reconciling guilt and patriotism in post-war Germany

13 November 2018 17:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Nora Krug about her remarkable graphic work Heimat – in which this…

Why MPs should back Theresa May’s Brexit deal

13 November 2018 16:19

Many things about the politics of Brexit are mystifying. Some are minor puzzles: Why don’t people read the documents they…

Trump vs Macron: the end of the bromance

13 November 2018 15:38

In all great love stories, there are several common elements. There is the exciting encounter, the whirlwind romance, a fight,…

Donald Trump isn’t wrong about the California wildfires

13 November 2018 13:52

Another day, another case of Donald Trump ignorantly tweeting from the hip. Or maybe not quite so much. On Saturday,…

The real reason atheists want to be on Thought for the Day

13 November 2018 10:47

Oh God. Or maybe not. There’s a letter in the Guardian today from assorted unbelievers asserting their right to a…

The stop and search race myth

13 November 2018 9:00

When I was working as a speech writer in the Home Office, under Theresa May, one of her special advisers told…

Government threatened with Budget defeat

13 November 2018 8:39

The government is facing a defeat on the Budget. But rather than a Brexit showdown or the DUP pulling the…

Horst Seehofer’s resignation signals the end of the German political elites

12 November 2018 21:43

The German politicians who were once larger-than-life figures, dominating their political parties as easily as they dominated Germany’s political discourse,…

If Britain won’t offer Asia Bibi asylum, Trump should

12 November 2018 17:45

Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy after refusing the demands of her co-workers to reject her Catholic faith and embrace…

What’s the expiry-date of a Westminster scandal?

12 November 2018 14:36

The House of Lords privileges and conduct committee recommended today that the former Lib Dem peer, Lord Lester, be suspended…

The censorship of Norman Geras

12 November 2018 11:47

To anyone who knew the late and much-missed Norman Geras, the idea that the state could consider his work an…

Labour U-turn: ‘Brexit can be stopped’

12 November 2018 10:03

With Theresa May’s government seemingly on the brink of collapse over the backstop agreement, the Prime Minister can take heart…

Sunday Shows Round-up: Emily Thornberry on a second referendum – ‘All options are on the table’

11 November 2018 16:51

Damian Hinds – May’s opponents should consider ‘what the alternatives are’ As the nation prepared to mark the centenary of…

If Jo Johnson is so worried about financial services, he should back Brexit

10 November 2018 18:22

Jo Johnson has noticed that Theresa May has managed to unite the country, in that both Leavers and Remainers worry…

Another day, another Johnson calls for a second referendum

10 November 2018 17:46

After Jo Johnson resigned on Friday over the government’s Brexit position, his brother Boris was quick to take to social…