Brexit

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…

What does the charity sector want from Brexit? A clean break and tax freedom

1 August 2017 15:34

When it comes to Brexit, for many organisations it seems to be all doom and gloom. Yes, plenty of individual…

Exports are booming thanks to the competitive pound

1 August 2017 13:55

Remember George Osborne in his hi-viz jacket as he toured the nation’s metal-bashers and gromit-manufacturers in furtherance of his elusive…

What the papers say: Philip Hammond must ‘belt up’

1 August 2017 8:42

Philip Hammond, of all people, ought to ‘relish’ Brexit and the opportunity it will hand to Chancellors to set their own tax…

Philip Hammond creates a one-man Cabinet split over Brexit

31 July 2017 8:01

Leaving Philip Hammond in charge of the government was always going to be a risk because of his habit of putting…

How the economics of cow-milking can help explain Brexit

30 July 2017 12:00

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