Brexit

Ministers may have to withdraw the EU Withdrawal Bill for a long time

19 October 2017 16:00

So the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been delayed once again, with Andrea Leadsom confirming a ‘pause’ to MPs this morning.…

Watch: Alastair Campbell’s Brexit ding-dong with John Redwood

19 October 2017 15:54

Alastair Campbell has made his views on Brexit loud and clear to anyone who will listen. Tony Blair’s former spin doctor…

Digby Jones should be on the Brexit negotiating team

18 October 2017 12:00

Ah yes, our top Brexit negotiating team… Sack Boris! Sack Spreadsheet Phil! Don’t bother sacking Theresa because she’s already had…

The government needs to know what kind of Brexit deal it wants

14 October 2017 10:34

Theresa May needs to invite the Cabinet down to Chequers to thrash out the government’s position on Brexit, I say…

The embarrassing role of economists on Brexit

13 October 2017 13:30

Just when the Brexit talks were beginning to look humiliating for the UK, the position has begun to be reversed.…

The Bombardier dispute leaves Britain at risk of looking like a powerless minor player

12 October 2017 16:52

This is an extract from the ‘Any Other Business’ column in this week’s Spectator.  ‘Bombardier exposes post-Brexit realities’ was the FT’s…

Why a nation’s productivity isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ matter

11 October 2017 12:35

The outlook for UK productivity is hardly encouraging. The Office for Budget Responsibility is suggesting only anaemic growth over the…

Grauniad’s sub-editing fail

11 October 2017 9:39

Oh dear. Much excitement today among the commentariat over Rafael Behr’s op-ed in the Grauniad. The Guardian columnist says that…

Watch: Damian Green says Britain would be better if Remain had won

10 October 2017 23:39

Oh dear. After Theresa May refused to say three times in an interview with Iain Dale on LBC whether she…

Theresa May concedes that the European Court of Justice will have a role during the Brexit transition

9 October 2017 18:49

Most of Theresa May’s statement today was simply a reiteration of what she had said in Florence. But we did…

Theresa May should appoint a Secretary of State for No Deal

9 October 2017 15:48

The Brexit talks collapsing would be a bad thing. It shouldn’t be the aim of the UK government, but it…

If the Tories won’t champion business and enterprise, who will?

2 October 2017 8:10

The well-known saying goes, ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’. This certainly should be the mantra of Brexit.…

Donald Tusk’s Brexit warning shows the EU is confident it has the upper hand

26 September 2017 15:17

Only last month, the Government was still keeping up the pretence of being optimistic that Brexit trade talks with the EU could…

Ignoring Brexit to spare Corbyn’s blushes is a price worth paying for some

25 September 2017 14:11

Labour’s Brexit row rumbles on. While the issue won’t be the subject of a vote at the party’s annual gathering,…

The real winner of Germany’s election is Jean-Claude Juncker

25 September 2017 11:47

Even if Germany had Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system, Angela Merkel would be struggling this morning to form a government. With…

Labour keeps Brexit off the menu at their party conference

24 September 2017 18:11

Brexit has given the Labour party something of a collective headache ever since the referendum. Now, the party is trying…

Sunday shows round-up: Corbyn’s single market dilemma

24 September 2017 16:39

Jeremy Corbyn – We need to ‘look very carefully’ at any future EU trade relationship As the Labour party conference…

Watch: Clive Lewis vs Caroline Flint on racism and migration

24 September 2017 11:15

Labour’s conference only started a few hours ago but already the cracks are starting to show. While the Tories are…

‘Long and vain’: Europe’s press reacts to Theresa May’s Florence speech

23 September 2017 11:15

Following months of tortured negotiation between the UK and the EU, Theresa May delivered her speech in Florence yesterday in an…

Britain may have lost faith – but Germany still believes in the EU

23 September 2017 10:45

Theresa May’s Florence speech may have been welcomed with cautious optimism by Michel Barnier, but the reaction in Germany has…

The big questions Theresa May must answer

23 September 2017 10:39

Theresa May’s speech in Florence was fine as far as it went, I say in The Sun this morning. A…

Jacob Rees-Mogg sees red

23 September 2017 9:58

Although Theresa May did manage to prevent a revolt breaking out after her speech in Florence yesterday, that’s not to…

Is my euroscepticism partly down to a delayed teenage rebellion?

23 September 2017 9:30

On Tuesday, for the first — and undoubtedly last — time in my life, I found myself mounting the platform…

The Brexiteers own optimism just as Remainers claim reason

23 September 2017 8:30

On Brexit bias, tone has become almost as important as argument. I notice that cheerfulness can grate on some, who…

A Brexit transition deal could make things worse

22 September 2017 15:28

As the sort of treacherous, Britain-hating invertebrate who betrayed his Queen and country by voting Remain and still doesn’t believe…