European Union

The Brexit bunch are the real referendum whiners

21 March 2017 15:33

In an age of fanaticism, it was always unlikely that the urge to censor would be confined to the left.…

If the EU didn’t like Boris’s prison guard joke, why conform to the stereotype?

20 March 2017 8:47

A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson made a point about the EU negotiations and the futility of the idea of…

What were the Welsh thinking when they voted for Brexit?

12 March 2017 11:00

Goodness, Wales is gorgeous to look at. The landscape is sublime. I woke in Abergavenny to snow on the Black…

Guy Verhofstadt is playing politics with his ‘special arrangement’ offer to Brits

10 March 2017 13:02

Guy Verhofstadt thinks Brexit is a ‘disaster’, a ‘tragedy’ and a ‘catastrophe’. That verdict, from the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator,…

Brexit isn’t to blame for the Polish exodus

23 February 2017 13:03

I guess the hate crime epidemic that gripped Britain after Brexit hasn’t put that many people off, with new figures…

A quick trade deal with the US after Brexit is less likely than we think

22 February 2017 10:02

It is many a Brexiteer’s fantasy: In 2019, shortly after the UK formally leaves the EU, Theresa May welcomes Donald…

British food and drink exporters defy the doom-mongers

21 February 2017 15:12

Many farmers, asserted the Earl of Sandwich in a Lords debate last July, were now experiencing ‘regrexit’ – having voted…

Could Brexit mean cheaper food? Don’t open the prosecco yet

20 February 2017 8:38

‘Brexit to chop food bills’, said the headline in the Sun on Sunday this weekend. The paper ran some research from the…

The Greek crisis continues to strike terror into the EU establishment

18 February 2017 9:30

I didn’t have to be Delphic to predict that the Greek crisis wasn’t over when an €86 billion third bailout…

The truth behind the Brexit hate crime ‘spike’

15 February 2017 10:21

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. New figures, compiled by the Press Association, suggest…

What the papers say: The John Bercow row rumbles on

13 February 2017 8:20

John Bercow has insisted that admitting he backed ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum doesn’t compromise his politically neutrality. Some MPs, like Tom…

My sadness at the friends I’ve lost over Brexit

12 February 2017 11:00

Brexit has been as bad as any surge in washing away hitherto strong foundations. I am talking about friendships. I…

It’s no surprise that many Brexiteers are feeling anxious

12 February 2017 9:00

Although I started it, I apologise for prolonging an intercolumnar argument. Matthew Parris (4 February) is surely right that many…

Why the Lords won’t block Brexit

11 February 2017 10:35

The government has no majority in the House of Lords and a majority of peers were pro-Remain. But despite this,…

The House of Commons votes for Brexit

8 February 2017 20:33

The drink will be flowing in the government whips’ office tonight. For the Brexit Bill has passed through the Commons…

Will Theresa May’s Article 50 plan emerge unscathed from its final Commons test today?

8 February 2017 12:48

After two days of testing Commons debates, Theresa May’s Brexit timetable remains on track. Yesterday’s ‘concession’ – or non-concession, depending…

What should we make of the Government’s ‘Deal or no Deal’ Brexit vote offer?

7 February 2017 17:34

Given Theresa May’s largely meaningless ‘Brexit means Brexit’ refrain, any new pronouncement on Britain’s departure from the EU is treated…

Will there be fireworks on day two of the Brexit bill debate?

7 February 2017 12:45

The Government’s Article 50 bill emerged unscathed from yesterday’s first committee stage. Today won’t be so easy. As Isabel Hardman…

Tonight’s Brexit debate: What happens and when

6 February 2017 16:56

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must have its say on Brexit, it seems MPs are determined…

Why don’t the EU’s pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

5 February 2017 10:00

‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

Don’t bet on Trump putting a stop to the hounding of British banks

5 February 2017 9:00

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

What the papers say: Brexit ‘lift off’

2 February 2017 8:31

The period of ‘phoney Brexit’ is over, says the Daily Telegraph in its editorial this morning. After MPs overwhelming backed…

A US / UK free trade deal is the big prize for Theresa May

28 January 2017 10:40

Theresa May’s team will be basking this morning in the write-ups of her successful visit to Washington. As I say…

Why the Germans are so worried about the Trump administration

23 January 2017 18:31

One of the advantages for Theresa May in being the first foreign leader to visit the Trump White House is…

What does President Trump do to Brexit?

21 January 2017 10:32

With Theresa May expected to head to Washington next week to see President Trump, I have a look at what the…