EU referendum

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

‘Putinites on the web’ are the new ‘Reds under the bed’

15 December 2016 8:30

Wounded Remainers in Britain and the Hillary set in the US love banging on about ‘post-truth politics’. Lies are everywhere,…

Marmite, Toblerone and the other hidden costs of Brexit

14 December 2016 9:00

One thing I won’t miss about No. 11 Downing Street are the Christmas cards: 2,056 Christmas cards to be exact. That…

Why it’s not true that Brexit is already starting to bite

13 December 2016 12:03

So, the Remoaners have at last got a piece of economic news they can try to crow about – the…

The seven ways ‘Remain’ could have won the EU referendum

13 December 2016 10:00

Trying to write the first draft of history on the EU referendum and the leadership mess that followed had both…

How California could be heading for its own version of Brexit

11 December 2016 11:30

On the face of it, Brits and Californians don’t have much in common: one prefers a spot of Earl Grey, the…

Theresa May: ‘I get so frustrated with Whitehall’

11 December 2016 8:30

The Prime Minister’s office is a small, unimpressive room in 10 Downing Street with miserable views and unexceptional furniture. Since…

Labour has even bigger problems than Jeremy Corbyn these days

10 December 2016 10:38

Want proof of how bad things are for Labour? Jeremy Corbyn and his disastrous leadership is not even its biggest…

Did the ‘rise of populism’ really cost David Cameron his job?

10 December 2016 9:30

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

What can Nigel Farage be planning to wreck in 2017?

10 December 2016 9:00

One remark from the Christmas party season knocks insistently around my head. It came from Nigel Farage on a staircase…

What the papers say: Article 50 debate, Brexit ‘fog’ and ‘looney Labourites’

8 December 2016 8:26

After MPs voted last night to back the Government’s plan to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, the…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day three

7 December 2016 11:00

It’s day three of the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the triggering of Article 50. Here’s how the day unfolded: …

What the papers say: Brexit, political pygmies and repentant Remainers

7 December 2016 8:26

MPs will vote for the first time today on the Government’s Article 50 timeline. While Labour have said the decision…

Michel Barnier plays hardball on Brexit

6 December 2016 11:56

Michel Barnier, the Commission’s Brexit negotiator, has been giving a running commentary on Brexit this morning. Barnier, striking a predictably…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day two

6 December 2016 10:34

The second day of the Supreme Court hearing has seen the Government continue to put forward its case for why it…

It’s time to challenge the Brexit Pollyannas

28 November 2016 16:04

In his admirably brief and necessarily brutal, Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now, Ian Dunt tells how civil servants brief…

Brexit-bashers like Blair and Branson are the real enemies of the people

23 November 2016 11:00

Here’s a tip for judges, businessmen, peers, politicians and former PMs who don’t like being called ‘enemies of the people’:…

Tory Brexiteers pressure May to quit EU single market and customs union

19 November 2016 10:10

Normally, the Saturday before an autumn statement would be dominated by speculation about what is in it. But, as I…

This is the era of Donald Trump – and of Theresa May

18 November 2016 9:36

Bob Dylan called it pretty much right. When he sang ‘your old road is rapidly ageing’ he was calling time on…

Google’s commitment is good news for Britain. But it doesn’t have much to do with Brexit

16 November 2016 13:50

Google’s decision to employ an extra 3,000 people in London is undoubtedly great news for Britain. But it’s nonsense to try…

Falling inflation marks another nail in the coffin for Project Fear

15 November 2016 15:16

So, another post-Brexit horror story fails to materialise. When the stock market failed to crash and the economy failed to…

What the papers say: The Brexit backlash continues

7 November 2016 8:45

The row over last week’s High Court ruling on Article 50 rumbles on this morning. Theresa May has given her…

Brexit means Brexit. But what does post-Brexit mean?

6 November 2016 11:00

Staring at a brown envelope, my husband said: ‘I’ll deal with that post-breakfast,’ and then laughed as though he had…

Government’s high court defeat sparks election chatter

5 November 2016 10:05

What worries government ministers, as I say in The Sun this morning, is not the actual vote on the Article…

The unhinged backlash to the High Court’s Brexit ruling

4 November 2016 13:50

As a general rule, any day the government loses in court is a good day. So yesterday was an especially…