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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,…

Are Remainers brighter than Brexiteers?

14 May 2017 8:00

Are Leavers thicker than Remainers? The short answer is: yes. At least, on average. That’s according to a paper analysing…

Could a big Tory victory make a soft Brexit more likely?

18 April 2017 17:27

Whatever happens in the forthcoming general election, no day of social media can ever compete with the dizzying heights of…

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…

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…

Article 50 letter: full text

29 March 2017 13:01

On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.  As I have…

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…

Rising inflation isn’t anything to panic about

21 March 2017 11:33

Predictably enough it didn’t take long for the rearguard Remain lobby, and other opponents of the government, to jump on…

Brexit tantrums are one of the joys of modern life

25 February 2017 10:00

Everyone in London seems to be fuming all the time — although, to be fair, fuming has become the default…

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…

For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be British

29 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 3: Matthew Parris’s article from July,…

Out – and into the world: Why The Spectator backed Brexit

26 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 6: Our leader article from June,…

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…

The six best reasons for Brexit

24 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 8: Daniel Hannan’s piece from June,…

Why Leave voters are my heroes of 2016

23 December 2016 13:55

It’s rare that an opinion poll brings a tear to my eye. But this week one did. It was the…

A conversation about Brexit

20 December 2016 9:00

Now that almost six months have passed since the EU referendum, might it be time for old enemies to find…

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

Why it’s not true that Brexit is already starting to bite

13 December 2016 12:03

So, the Remoaners have at last got a piece of economic news they can try to crow about – the…

The seven ways ‘Remain’ could have won the EU referendum

13 December 2016 10:00

Trying to write the first draft of history on the EU referendum and the leadership mess that followed had both…

Brexit-bashers like Blair and Branson are the real enemies of the people

23 November 2016 11:00

Here’s a tip for judges, businessmen, peers, politicians and former PMs who don’t like being called ‘enemies of the people’:…

The unhinged backlash to the High Court’s Brexit ruling

4 November 2016 13:50

As a general rule, any day the government loses in court is a good day. So yesterday was an especially…

Reminder: the referendum was about leaving the EU, not blueprints for the future

26 June 2016 17:49

It does seem to me that there’s been a misunderstanding about what, exactly, a referendum is about. It’s not a…

It is best not just for Britain but for the EU that we part ways

24 June 2016 16:59

A few thoughts on today’s events. First – it wasn’t working. With each year it was becoming more and more…

This EU anarchy is more interesting than the alternative

24 June 2016 12:34

Don’t know about you, but the healing process is proving difficult from my point of view in dealing with my…

Boris Johnson’s victory speech: ‘we can find our voice in the world again’

24 June 2016 11:34

I want to begin this morning by paying tribute to David Cameron who has spoken earlier from Downing Street. I…