European Union

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…

An ‘Anglican Brexit’ is Britain’s best hope

16 January 2017 13:03

One of the many admirable aspects of Japanese culture is that they have developed strong taboos against triumphalism in politics.…

Trump Team preparing US / UK trade deal

14 January 2017 10:33

Boris Johnson returned from the US this week boasting that the UK was now ‘first in line’ for a trade…

Leak suggests EU will seek ‘special’ deal to access the City post-Brexit

13 January 2017 22:12

The Guardian has a very significant story on its front page tomorrow. It has obtained notes of a meeting that…

There’s life after Brexit for Cambridge University

8 January 2017 8:00

As a former student of English at Cambridge, I am sent the faculty magazine, 9 West Road. Its latest issue…

The other lesson that Theresa May must learn from Cameron’s failed EU negotiation

7 January 2017 10:31

Theresa May has clearly learnt one lesson from David Cameron’s failed negotiation with the EU. As I write in The…

The sad state of Gare du Nord offers a miserable welcome to Paris

7 January 2017 10:00

Last week I took the Eurostar to the Gare du Nord in Paris. We had lunch next to the station…

Theresa May’s extraordinary opportunity

7 January 2017 9:00

It is the fate of all new prime ministers to be compared with their recent predecessors. Theresa May has already…

Theresa May won’t get a better chance to deal with the social care crisis

6 January 2017 8:57

What is the greatest problem facing Theresa May this year? The Prime Minister is preparing for her speech on what…

Britain was wrong to back the U.N’s anti-Israel resolution

4 January 2017 14:01

Like all the best mistakes, it was done for the right reasons. Knowing that for once the US wouldn’t veto,…

Germany remains a prisoner of its past

26 December 2016 10:00

In 1942, a man called Manfred Alexander turned up, unannounced, on my grandfather’s doorstep in Berlin. My grandfather knew him…

The six reasons why I voted ‘Remain’ in the referendum

25 December 2016 10:45

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 7: Matthew Parris’s article, written two…