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Full text: New EU president says full trade deal not possible by end of 2020

8 January 2020 16:10

The new president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen made a speech to the London School of Economics…

Three ways Britain should refuse to stick to the EU’s rules in trade talks

8 January 2020 13:21

It is hard to imagine there will be much of a meeting of minds. As the new president of the…

Don’t worry, Frans, Britain loves Europe back

27 December 2019 14:20

As a lifelong Europhile, I rather liked the love letter to Britain from Frans Timmermans, vice president of the new…

The Brexit extension waiting game

25 October 2019 13:45

The UK and Brussels are currently engaged in a waiting game – only no one is sure who is waiting…

Boris has compromised, not conquered on Brexit

18 October 2019 14:41

Reflecting on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, I have many questions. Why are people who rejected the possibility of Northern Ireland…

Is a deal really possible?

12 October 2019 10:40

It is one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent political history. On Wednesday afternoon, the Brexit talks seemed pretty…

Is the EU to blame for football’s daft new handball rule?

21 August 2019 11:48

It’s not often Mr S jumps to the defence of the EU, but he is prepared to make an exception.…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 11:38

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

Why the onus is on the EU to do a Brexit deal

3 August 2019 7:20

In the run-up to the referendum, a common argument against Brexit went like this:  “We should not leave the EU,…

What a May / Corbyn Brexit deal would look like

4 May 2019 10:52

The local election results showed that both main parties are paying a price for the Brexit impasse. This, as I…

The Brexit headache is just beginning

7 April 2019 22:06

Pretty much everyone I meet says they want all the Brexit uncertainty to end, one way or another. But that…

Barnier offers May a non-concession on the backstop

8 March 2019 17:00

After weeks of speculation, Michel Barnier has finally revealed the concession Brussels is willing to grant Theresa May on the…

The most revealing part of Tusk’s press conference wasn’t about Brexiteers going to hell

6 February 2019 13:05

Westminster is in a flurry this afternoon over Donald Tusk’s comments at a press conference this morning with Leo Varadkar.…

There’s more than meets the eye to Selmayr’s backstop slapdown

4 February 2019 15:00

Oh dear. It’s only Monday and already Theresa May’s week appears to have taken a turn for the worse. The…

Pamela Anderson: I could handle Mr Barnier better than May

19 December 2018 12:14

Theresa May is desperately trying to convince both her European counterparts and her British colleagues that her Brexit plan is…

Now Theresa May has postponed the vote, how will the EU react?

10 December 2018 17:31

Even before today’s announcement that the Brexit vote would be pulled, a number of media leaks indicated the EU’s plan…

How Macron became the modern day Marie Antoinette

26 November 2018 14:33

Imagine if David Cameron, at the height of the riots in August 2011, had abandoned London to embark on a…

Brexit negotiators need to focus on our fishermen

22 November 2018 14:27

I listen in despair to Brexiteers’ dismissals of pleas from business for a settlement that allows them to plan beyond…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Theresa May tries to calm Tory nerves over Brexit – ‘we are 95 per cent there’

22 October 2018 18:26

Theresa May tried her best to persuade grumpy MPs that a Brexit deal was still in sight when she addressed…