Brexit

Al Gore says Brexit was caused by… climate change

21 August 2017 16:55

There are plenty of theories about what led to the Brexit vote. Now, Al Gore, has a new one to add…

Seven cards the government can play in Brexit trade talks

21 August 2017 15:23

Theresa May says ‘a positive and constructive partnership’ with the EU after Brexit is the target. Beneath the jargon, the…

Britain – not Brussels – is doing all the innovative thinking on Brexit

21 August 2017 14:48

We will be hopelessly out-witted by wily Brussels negotiators. We are unprepared for the scale of the task. We are…

What the papers say: A Brexit trade deal is in everyone’s interests

21 August 2017 8:40

‘It is vital for our future prosperity’, says the Sun, ‘that we cut a trade deal with Brussels’. David Davis…

The Brexit referendum joins Iraq and Suez on my list of political disasters

19 August 2017 9:00

To the Business School at the University of Edinburgh to be interviewed on the theme of ‘Great Political Disasters’. Main…

We all know Britain must be ‘open for business’ when we leave the EU – but how?

18 August 2017 11:48

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines there is, understandably, a great deal of anxiety surrounding the UK’s future prosperity,…

What the papers say: The Brexit cynicism is getting predictable

17 August 2017 8:16

‘Here we go again’, says the Sun, which criticises the ‘chorus of doom-mongers’ who pop up whenever the government proposes…

The government’s Brexit Irish border plan is lacking in detail

16 August 2017 8:55

Avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is the government’s top aim in Brexit talks. Brussels wants much…

In defence of Britain’s political centre

15 August 2017 16:20

Writing in the Times today, Hugo Rifkind charges that centrists do not want to smash up the existing order and…

Watch: Labour shadow minister dodges Brexit question 11 times

15 August 2017 11:53

Would a Labour government take Britain out of the customs union after Brexit? It’s a simple enough question – but…

Will the EU agree to the government’s Brexit customs union plans?

15 August 2017 9:28

Britain’s Brexit wish list is slowly being filled out. Today, the government sets out its plans for the temporary customs…

What the papers say: The dangers of a rushed Brexit

14 August 2017 8:22

Theresa May is back from holiday and the Brexit work continues in earnest. Over the next few days, two key papers…

The panic about a Brexit legal limbo isn’t justified

12 August 2017 8:15

In widely reported remarks earlier this week, Lord Neuberger, the outgoing President of the Supreme Court, called for Parliament to…

Scottish nationalism is having a nervous breakdown

10 August 2017 14:19

When Nicola Sturgeon’s indyref2 gamble backfired and the SNP got slapped around in the election, it was only a matter of…

What the papers say: It’s time for some Brexit clarity

9 August 2017 8:15

Ruth Davidson has called into question the government’s pledge to bring net migration down to the ‘tens of thousands’. The…

The furore surrounding the Brexit divorce bill is hotting up

7 August 2017 13:30

The furore surrounding the Brexit divorce bill is hotting up. The weekend’s papers saw speculation that Britain would cough up…

For Iraq’s Kurds, independence looks tantalisingly close

6 August 2017 11:00

Next month, Iraq’s Kurds head to the polls in an eagerly-awaited independence referendum. Ahead of the vote, on September 25th,…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 8:30

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

What the papers say: Mark Carney, Brexit & Corbyn’s silence over Venezuela

4 August 2017 8:33

Mark Carney is often accused of being downbeat about Brexit. But the Bank of England’s quarterly inflation report is ‘more…

Mark Carney’s gospel: give us an interest rate rise, Lord – but not yet

3 August 2017 15:05

Is there anything more predictable than a Mark Carney press conference? The poor sod in Groundhog Day got to enjoy…

I’m a ‘Brexit extremist’ and proud of it

2 August 2017 15:13

We used to think it was noble when people made sacrifices for their beliefs, when they were happy to endure…

The Brexit betrayal bandwagon is growing

2 August 2017 8:17

It may not be this week. It may not be Boris Johnson. But eventually a minister will break with this…

How the economics of cow-milking can help explain Brexit

1 August 2017 16:13

Writing about judicial appointments, I incautiously compared a silly interview question asking a judge to cite an example of when…