Brexit

The value of Scotch whisky exports might be on the up – but volume isn’t

30 October 2017 16:25

Scotland’s whisky industry is the UK’s single largest food and drink export, accounting for almost a fifth of Britain’s the…

Labour MP: ‘Better educated’ people voted Remain

29 October 2017 23:17

After the Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris was outed last week for writing to universities requesting details of their Brexit syllabus,…

Economic forecasts are almost always wrong – so why do we take them seriously?

29 October 2017 13:33

There is a weird psychology behind economic forecasts. We know they are going to be wrong, because they always are.…

European press on Catalonia: “Suddenly, Brexit doesn’t seem so bad”

28 October 2017 13:01

“Look on the bright side…Brexit no longer seems so serious” Chappatte in Le Temps, Switzerland The events in Catalonia dominate…

The EU needs to ask itself some searching questions about Brexit

28 October 2017 10:30

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

Will Britain back Madrid for the sake of Brexit?

27 October 2017 17:57

Theresa May’s official spokesperson has just issued a statement on Catalonia’s declaration of independence that will please Madrid. It makes…

The EU must open trade talks with the UK

26 October 2017 15:58

Let me make it clear at the outset: I was against Brexit. However, I am appalled by the reaction to…

MPs are undermining Britain’s world-class university system

26 October 2017 12:38

The debate about universities in the last few days has been extremely frustrating. Britain has the two best universities in…

The eurosceptic right are copying the SNP’s sinister playbook

25 October 2017 15:27

If democracy is government by the people and meritocracy by the most able, Brexitocracy is rule by charlatans. Anyone who doubts…

The Czech Republic could be the next country to leave the EU

24 October 2017 17:52

In the immediate aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the EU, there were fears in the corridors of Brussels that…

Martin Selmayr and the EU’s Twitter diplomacy

23 October 2017 11:00

Donald Trump says that without Twitter, he would not be president. It’s a medium that allows him to set the…

Ceci n’est pas une no deal, says Macron

20 October 2017 17:56

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Thank goodness for doses of statistical reality

20 October 2017 16:55

How did we mislay half a trillion pounds? Revised data from the Office for National Statistics has just reduced the…

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.…