Article 50

John Major’s Brexit speech, full transcript

28 February 2017 9:12

Eight months ago a majority of voters opted to leave the European Union. I believed then – as I do…

What the papers say: Could free movement from the EU end next month?

27 February 2017 8:34

‘Take back control’ was the mantra of the Brexit bunch during the referendum – but eight months on, Britain is…

A quick trade deal with the US after Brexit is less likely than we think

22 February 2017 10:02

It is many a Brexiteer’s fantasy: In 2019, shortly after the UK formally leaves the EU, Theresa May welcomes Donald…

The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal

20 February 2017 16:56

This afternoon, across Britain, the most pro-establishment demo of modern times will take place. Sure, the Stop Trump protesters gathering…

What the papers say: Why we’ve ‘had enough’ of Lord Mandelson

20 February 2017 8:27

After Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell returned to urge a revolt against Brexit, only one thing was missing: Peter Mandelson,…

Poems on the triggering of Article 50

18 February 2017 14:00

The request for poetic previews of the day Article 50 is triggered produced passionate voices from both sides of the…

What the papers say: The ‘enemies of the people’ row rumbles on

17 February 2017 8:37

The Article 50 court cases sparked an angry backlash in the newspapers, with the judges involved famously labelled ‘enemies of…

Why the Lords won’t block Brexit

11 February 2017 10:35

The government has no majority in the House of Lords and a majority of peers were pro-Remain. But despite this,…

What the papers say: Would the Lords dare block Brexit?

9 February 2017 8:30

Theresa May’s Brexit timetable is on track after MPs overwhelming backed the Government’s Article 50 bill in the Commons last…

Will Theresa May’s Article 50 plan emerge unscathed from its final Commons test today?

8 February 2017 12:48

After two days of testing Commons debates, Theresa May’s Brexit timetable remains on track. Yesterday’s ‘concession’ – or non-concession, depending…

What should we make of the Government’s ‘Deal or no Deal’ Brexit vote offer?

7 February 2017 17:34

Given Theresa May’s largely meaningless ‘Brexit means Brexit’ refrain, any new pronouncement on Britain’s departure from the EU is treated…

Will there be fireworks on day two of the Brexit bill debate?

7 February 2017 12:45

The Government’s Article 50 bill emerged unscathed from yesterday’s first committee stage. Today won’t be so easy. As Isabel Hardman…

May’s message to MPs: don’t obstruct the Article 50 Bill

6 February 2017 17:01

MPs will shortly begin their Committee stage of the Article 50 Bill in the Commons. Before that begins, Theresa May…

Tonight’s Brexit debate: What happens and when

6 February 2017 16:56

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must have its say on Brexit, it seems MPs are determined…

Why don’t the EU’s pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

5 February 2017 10:00

‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

What the papers say: The verdict on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

3 February 2017 8:43

What does the Government’s Brexit White Paper – which was unveiled yesterday – actually tell us? ‘Nothing and everything’, says…

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy?

2 February 2017 14:14

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy? That’s the charge that MPs on the Labour and…

What the papers say: Brexit ‘lift off’

2 February 2017 8:31

The period of ‘phoney Brexit’ is over, says the Daily Telegraph in its editorial this morning. After MPs overwhelming backed…

What the papers say: Parliament’s ‘marathon of Brexit whingeing’

1 February 2017 8:26

MPs will finally vote tonight on the triggering of Article 50, and for wavering Parliamentarians, the Sun has some advice.…

Brexit Bill debate: MPs are confused about their job description

31 January 2017 17:40

The debate over the Bill allowing the government to trigger Article 50 has been surprisingly good-natured, so far, given the…

Today’s Brexit debate is likely to be a tame affair

31 January 2017 12:53

MPs are now debating the government’s European Union (notification of withdrawal) Bill, with a warning from Theresa May and Brexit Secretary…

What the papers say: Brexit’s day of reckoning and why Trump’s critics are wrong

31 January 2017 8:34

At last, says the Guardian, MPs will finally have a proper say today on Brexit. David Davis has said the…

Government publishes Article 50 bill

26 January 2017 13:32

After the government lost its Supreme Court appeal, Article 50 must now be triggered by an Act of Parliament. As…

The Spectator podcast: Holland’s hurricane

26 January 2017 10:55

On this week’s episode, we discuss the hurricane that’s headed for Holland, the state of parliamentary sovereignty here at home, and whether…

In praise of the Supreme Court’s dissenting judges

24 January 2017 18:56

The English tradition of dissenting judgments in the important cases of the civil law is a good one. They are…