Brexit

Can Theresa May satisfy both Boris and the EU?

16 September 2017 10:34

We are only six days away from Theresa May’s big Brexit speech in Florence. But it is far from certain…

The Bank of England can’t remain in its ‘Brexit’ parallel universe forever

15 September 2017 12:04

House prices are in freefall. Unemployment is rising relentlessly. The pound is plunging on the markets, and companies are re-locating…

John Lewis doesn’t have a Brexit problem. It has a Waitrose problem

14 September 2017 17:19

It used to be the weather that served as the catch-all excuse for poorly performing businesses – it is too…

Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU expansion plans make a powerful case for Brexit

13 September 2017 16:51

The choice which faced us at the EU referendum has often been presented as lying between the status quo and…

Theresa May must make sure that Brexit doesn’t just become a process story

11 September 2017 18:17

The EU Withdrawal Bill is undoubtedly an important piece of legislation. But I suspect that the bickering over Henry VIII…

When will Theresa May realise that Parliament hates a ‘power grab’?

11 September 2017 16:48

Nothing has the potential to harm Theresa May’s weakened government more than a battle over the rights of Parliament. Just…

Who will blink first in the Brexit bill fight?

11 September 2017 16:43

Tonight’s series of votes on the second reading of the EU withdrawal bill are unlikely to be the most spectacular…

Labour is threatening its electoral coalition by voting against the EU withdrawal bill

9 September 2017 10:39

Up to now, Labour have managed to have their cake and eat it on Brexit. At the election, Labour MPs…

Voted Leave? It’s one way to lose friends, says Sarah Vine

9 September 2017 9:00

September is my time of year. Summer is all very well if you’re one of those golden-haired, long-limbed types who…

Theresa May gets a Brexit lesson from Parliament

7 September 2017 17:02

Today has been a reminder of just how hard getting the Brexit legislation through parliament will be for Theresa May.…

What can ministers do to calm the EU withdrawal bill row?

7 September 2017 15:51

The EU withdrawal bill debate is winding on, with MPs criticising the ‘power grab’ planned by ministers. There won’t be…

Brexiteers, your enemy is the government

7 September 2017 12:46

Twenty-nine years ago this month, the Vote Leave campaign got underway. Nigel Farage was still making his anti-establishment way as…

Jacob Rees-Mogg wins an election

7 September 2017 12:07

Although Jacob Rees-Mogg recently topped a ConHome poll as the number one choice to be the next Tory leader, few…

The Spectator Podcast: Fat Britannia

7 September 2017 8:25

On this week’s Spectator Podcast, we discuss Britain’s obesity crisis, the upcoming German election and the England team’s footballing woes.…

Will the House of Lords rebel against the EU withdrawal bill?

6 September 2017 11:38

Labour’s decision to whip against the EU withdrawal bill might well have more of an impact in the Lords than…

David Davis mocked for ‘simple and easy’ Brexit claim

5 September 2017 18:03

The most memorable line from David Davis’s statement on the Brexit negotiations to the Commons was his claim that ‘nobody…

The government’s defence in the Henry VIII powers row won’t work

5 September 2017 16:52

While the Tory whips are reasonably relaxed about the prospects for the second reading of the EU withdrawal bill, they…

Theresa May is right to think there’s more to life than Brexit

5 September 2017 12:02

The general election in June changed the politics of Brexit in ways that some pro-Leave commentators are desperately trying to…

What the papers say: How to make the Brexit bill work

5 September 2017 8:43

Urgency is badly needed in Brexit talks, says the Sun. So the paper welcomes Theresa May saying that ‘both sides…

David Lammy’s Brexit bashing backfires

4 September 2017 13:40

Bashing Brexit is familiar territory for David Lammy. But Mr S thinks the next time the Labour MP wades in on…

Will Labour Brexiteers keep the withdrawal bill clean?

4 September 2017 13:10

With second reading of the EU withdrawal bill coming this week, there’s a lot of speculation about Tory rebels and…

What the papers say: Why a reshuffle isn’t the answer for the PM

4 September 2017 8:26

Britain will have to pay some kind of Brexit bill to leave the EU, accepts the Sun. But that shouldn’t…

What did Theresa May mean by that?

2 September 2017 10:38

Even some senior figures in Downing Street were unaware that Theresa May was going to say she wanted to lead…

How much pain are Brexiteers prepared to inflict on us?

2 September 2017 9:08

When this magazine endorsed Brexit, it did so in typically trenchant and elegant fashion. ‘Out and into the world’ we…

Britain’s Brexit team must call Barnier’s bluff

2 September 2017 9:00

There is a growing perception that Britain is floundering in its EU negotiations, with a professional team from Brussels running…