European Union

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…

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…

What the papers say: Theresa May’s pitch-perfect start to Brexit

30 March 2017 8:39

We’re off! The two year countdown until Brexit has begun. Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 has been met with…

Theresa May’s Article 50 letter strikes the right tone

29 March 2017 13:57

Theresa May is trying to play the role of the great conciliator today. She has avoided any hint of triumphalism…

Theresa May’s full Article 50 speech: ‘A day of celebration for some and disappointment for others’

29 March 2017 13:11

Mr Speaker, Today the Government acts on the democratic will of the British People. And it acts, too, on the clear…

Theresa May triggers Article 50

29 March 2017 12:34

Britain is on its way out of the European Union. In the last few moments, Theresa May stood up in…

A great day for British democracy

29 March 2017 12:10

Today is a great day for British democracy. One of the greatest ever, in fact. Tune out Project Fear, with…

History teaches us that Brexit will be okay in the end. Probably.

29 March 2017 11:35

Happy Brexit Day everyone. I guess we’ll be okay in the long term. March 29th is the bloodiest day in…

What the papers say: Theresa May pulls the Article 50 trigger

29 March 2017 8:34

Theresa May has put pen to paper on the Article 50 letter that will kick-start the process of Brexit. March…

The reports of Angela Merkel’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated

27 March 2017 15:32

Once again, the pollsters got it wrong. Yesterday’s election in Saarland was supposed to be the beginning of the end…

The Brexit bellwether will be the health of our car industry

26 March 2017 11:00

As I’ve said before, the bellwether of post-Brexit prosperity will be the health of the UK car industry, rather than…

How both Britain and the EU might claim victory in the Brexit talks

26 March 2017 9:00

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…