European Union

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…

Revealed: Jean-Claude Juncker’s £23,500 private jet jaunt

9 August 2017 13:28

Jean-Claude Juncker is a man with few friends in Britain – and that’s before his latest expenses were published following…

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

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…

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…

If Brexit doesn’t happen, then Britain isn’t a democracy

11 July 2017 12:33

It’s the casualness with which they’re saying it that is truly disturbing. ‘I’m beginning to think that Brexit may never…

The migrant crisis could prove to be Macron’s undoing

5 July 2017 8:56

What a forty eight hours it has been for Emmanuel Macron. On Monday, he gave his regal address to the…

Brexit is a retreat – not a liberation

4 July 2017 13:53

It is a mark of Britain’s estrangement from the European Union – and, at least for now, the country’s diminished…

Spain’s lost generation

2 July 2017 10:30

Spain’s recent economic expansion means little to young Spaniards. Many are angry with the country’s tirelessly corrupt politicians, and are…

The public vs the politicians

2 July 2017 9:00

These are difficult times across Europe. From the endless iterations of the eurozone crisis to the Brexit negotiations beginning in…

There’s a more dangerous Brexit ‘cliff-edge’ which is being ignored

1 July 2017 8:30

People like Philip Hammond say that we must at all costs avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ in the Brexit negotiations. But the…

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,…

How will the EU cope without Britain?

16 April 2017 9:00

Many EU officials would like to present the Brexit negotiations as a case of one nervous member, weak at the…

EU leaders like Guy Verhofstadt are proving Brexit was the right choice

5 April 2017 19:59

Only the EU, an organisation with four presidents, could have two ‘chief negotiators’ charged with agreeing the terms of Britain’s…

Let’s rein in Brexiteer triumphalism before we all go mad

5 April 2017 16:34

According to archaeologists and all the papers last week, the 11th-century villagers of Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire, used to mutilate…

Brexit is exposing the cowardice of conservatism

4 April 2017 15:36

The decision by Conservative MPs to walk away from the Commons Committee on Exiting the EU is one of the…

Can Anglo-Spanish relations survive Brexit?

4 April 2017 11:44

As the events of the last few days show, the increasingly toxic issue of Gibraltar means the UK’s Article 50 talks with Spain might become more…

What the papers say: the Gibraltar row heats up

4 April 2017 8:47

Theresa May says the way to deal with the row over Gibraltar is ‘jaw-jaw’ rather than war. And there is…

Theresa May is heading for trouble over the Brexit ‘divorce’ bill

3 April 2017 17:23

ICM, who Vote Leave used for their own referendum polling, have some striking numbers on what elements of an EU…

Britain and the EU probably will reach a trade deal. Here’s why

2 April 2017 9:00

Most diplomats in Brussels will tell you that Theresa May has just embarked upon a fool’s errand, that Britain might…

Theresa May’s Brexit negotiation has got off to a good start

1 April 2017 10:35

There’s an awfully long way to go, but the Brexit negotiations got off to a good start for Theresa May…

European politics is following in Israeli footsteps

1 April 2017 10:00

For Israelis, Europe’s political landscape is looking increasingly familiar. Whereas Israel was once seen as something of a political backwater, nowadays…

The European Council pulls its punches in its draft Brexit plan

31 March 2017 10:49

So we have the first sight of the European Council’s draft negotiating guidelines. They’re much more constructive that we would…

Remainers must learn from the optimism of the Brexiteers

31 March 2017 10:11

In an age when people pride themselves on their cynicism, it’s almost touching to remember that one of the most…

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…