David Davis

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…

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…

The Spectator Podcast: Macron’s vanity fair

27 July 2017 13:04

On this week’s episode we discuss whether Macron is losing his gloss, ask if the Brexit talks are heading in the…

Tory leadership tensions mustn’t undermine the Brexit talks

15 July 2017 11:59

The May-Davis partnership used to be one of the strongest aspects of the government. She had brought him back from…

Our Brexit-backing politicians are making fools of us

15 July 2017 9:30

The great physicist Richard Feynman warned of the perpetual torment that lies in wait for people who try to understand…

Will May dare slap down any of those angling for the top job?

14 July 2017 15:45

There are so many people angling for the Tory leadership now that it really is easier to list those who…

Boris Johnson tells the EU to ‘go whistle’ on Brexit divorce bill

11 July 2017 13:47

The Brexit divorce bill isn’t on the table yet but it’s already provoking plenty of debate – and quite a bit…

Why Theresa May isn’t ‘dead in the water’ just yet

9 July 2017 10:40

It’s two weeks until the summer recess and judging by today’s papers, that’s two weeks too late. Despite Theresa May’s…

‘Constructive’ Brexit talks get off to a shaky start for David Davis

19 June 2017 19:15

To kick the Brexit negotiations off, David Davis and Michel Barnier exchanged mountain-themed gifts, of a hiking book and walking stick.…

It’s time to prepare voters for some tough Brexit compromises

19 June 2017 12:13

Brexit is like life. The journey matters more than the final destination. Instead of fixating on where we will, eventually,…

Brexit negotiations will not be delayed, says David Davis

15 June 2017 17:02

Although Philip Hammond has cancelled his Mansion House speech tonight as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, government business…

Tory leader runners and riders: Who could replace Theresa May?

14 June 2017 12:11

Theresa May has granted herself a brief reprieve by saying ‘sorry’ to Conservative MPs. But while the Prime Minister’s apology won her…

Jean-Claude Juncker could learn a thing or two from David Davis

3 May 2017 9:29

Even David Davis’s loudest critics would concede one thing about the Brexit secretary: he is nothing if not breezily confident.…

What the papers say: The Great Repeal Bill is the ‘blueprint’ for taking back control

31 March 2017 8:01

The Great Repeal Bill has been unveiled – and Whitehall is already alive with the sound of copying and pasting…

Is the Government heading for trouble with its Great Repeal Bill?

30 March 2017 14:38

Britain’s biggest exercise in copying and pasting has begun in earnest. The Government has published its Great Repeal Bill White…

Brexit and the rise of the superliar

23 February 2017 7:04

For an exercise in popular sovereignty, which was meant to take decisions away from the hated ‘elite’, the Brexit referendum…

Diane Abbott spurns David Davis in Strangers’ Bar

9 February 2017 0:09

After the government’s Brexit Bill passed through the Commons unamended, whips, government ministers and Brexiteers were in the mood to celebrate. Alas,…

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy?

2 February 2017 14:14

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy? That’s the charge that MPs on the Labour and…

What the papers say: Brexit’s day of reckoning and why Trump’s critics are wrong

31 January 2017 8:34

At last, says the Guardian, MPs will finally have a proper say today on Brexit. David Davis has said the…

How ‘straightforward’ can the Government’s Brexit bill actually be?

24 January 2017 13:36

The Government may be accepting its defeat in the Supreme Court graciously overall, but David Davis was in a rather…

No real opposition from Labour to May’s Brexit speech

17 January 2017 15:32

With Theresa May opting to give her speech in the grand settings of Lancaster House rather than the Commons, it…

My time in the ‘Naughty Corner’

21 December 2016 9:00

An unexpected silver lining to leaving government is that I have a much nicer parliamentary office. The Chancellor’s traditional room…

David Davis keeps his options open over Brexit

14 December 2016 21:38

While Theresa May is adamant that her government will not give a running commentary on Brexit, David Davis talked relatively…

Commons votes in favour of invoking Article 50 by the end of March

7 December 2016 19:27

461 MPs have just voted for Theresa May to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. The Tory amendment…

David Davis sets the cat among the pigeons at Brexit questions

1 December 2016 15:56

David Davis put the cat among the pigeons in the chamber today. The Brexit secretary — who takes a more relaxed approach…