Northern Ireland

Boris has compromised, not conquered on Brexit

18 October 2019 14:41

Reflecting on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, I have many questions. Why are people who rejected the possibility of Northern Ireland…

The Yellowhammer report is nothing like a real contingency plan

12 September 2019 14:20

The latest Operation Yellowhammer disclosures put me in mind of a book I read a few years ago describing an…

The false equivalence between victims and perpetrators of the Troubles

21 August 2019 18:22

Julian Smith used to have the unenviable task of being Theresa May’s chief whip. As the newly-appointed Secretary of State for…

Northern Ireland, gay marriage and the great liberal power-grab

10 July 2019 13:00

Yesterday, the Welsh government announced new guidelines to make school uniforms gender-neutral, which would mean an end to trousers being…

Forget the backstop. Business is doing what it does best: making decisions and investing

7 February 2019 22:49

With 31 working days until negotiations time out, Theresa May has been selling her vision for post-Brexit Britain to businesses…

Brexit is making Tories unforgivably careless about the union

22 January 2019 18:14

On Saturday, a car bomb went off in the UK. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to be exact. It was the…

It makes sense to keep Northern Ireland inside the customs union

27 October 2018 11:38

Sir: What James Forsyth calls ‘the EU plan’ to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union after Brexit (‘The Irish…

The biggest obstacle to a Brexit deal

8 September 2018 10:31

The UK and the EU are playing a dangerous game of chicken over the Irish border, I say in The…

Karen Bradley’s bid to break Stormont’s deadlock could pay off

7 September 2018 12:04

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, would not, perhaps, win prizes for her in depth knowledge of sectarian…

Why is Corbyn cosying up to Northern Ireland’s unionists?

31 May 2018 14:56

How serious are Jeremy Corbyn and the Corbynites about winning power? Deadly serious, if the remarkable tactical flexibility he displayed…

Shami Chakrabarti can’t have it both ways on Northern Ireland

30 May 2018 11:41

Never one to shy away from a platitude, the shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, has declared that the PM must…

Could direct rule solve Northern Ireland’s political crisis?

15 February 2018 11:52

Power-sharing talks at Stormont have dramatically collapsed again. This is a shock to many in Northern Ireland, where an apparent thawing…

Lots of Irish questions, but no answers – yet

4 December 2017 14:24

As Theresa May sits down to lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker to try and persuade the EU Commission to give Britain…

What the papers say: The Brexit cynicism is getting predictable

17 August 2017 8:16

‘Here we go again’, says the Sun, which criticises the ‘chorus of doom-mongers’ who pop up whenever the government proposes…

The government’s Brexit Irish border plan is lacking in detail

16 August 2017 8:55

Avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is the government’s top aim in Brexit talks. Brussels wants much…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

The Spectator Podcast: The myth of British decline

6 July 2017 14:21

On this week’s episode, we talk about the myth of the British decline, theTwelfth of July parades in Northern Ireland, and…

James Brokenshire can achieve a NI deal – if he plays the direct rule card

4 July 2017 17:36

Talks to form a new power sharing executive in Belfast have broken down again.  Largely this is because James Brokenshire,…

The Government backs down over Queen’s Speech abortion amendment

29 June 2017 14:57

In the face of a possible rebellion over an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, the Government has backed down. Chancellor…