UK politics

Boris Johnson ‘very confident’ MPs will back his deal

17 October 2019 18:33

Boris Johnson has just given a very upbeat press conference about his Brexit deal, despite the DUP being clear that…

The shifting Tory dynamics behind the party’s Brexit deal dilemma

17 October 2019 16:39

It is not currently looking hopeful that Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will pass in the Commons. The Prime Minister will…

For the EU, it’s this deal or no deal

17 October 2019 16:16

Having reached a deal with the EU, Boris Johnson’s task is now to find a majority in the House of…

Watch: Jean-Claude Juncker loses his temper

17 October 2019 15:26

It looks as though it is all getting a bit too much for Jean-Claude Juncker. The EU Commission president snapped…

Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘There is no need for a prolongation’

17 October 2019 14:55

How can Boris Johnson pass a deal without the support of the DUP? The answer could lie in comments this…

The key changes in Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

17 October 2019 14:44

Boris Johnson has agreed a new Brexit deal with the EU. Here are the key differences between the old and…

Six MPs who doubted Boris Johnson would do a Brexit deal

17 October 2019 11:59

Boris Johnson has got a new Brexit deal. It’s true that the Prime Minister has some way to go if…

The EU might tell MPs: it’s this deal or no deal

17 October 2019 10:58

Both the UK government and the EU are now saying that a Brexit deal has been done. There is both…

DUP rejects Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal – what next?

17 October 2019 9:02

Here we go. As Boris Johnson heads to Brussels today for the EU council summit, hope inside government that Johnson…

Louise Ellman

Will Labour MPs do anything now Louise Ellman has quit?

17 October 2019 8:53

Another female Jewish MP has left the Labour party, apparently bullied out of the movement she has worked in for…

Watch: Mark Francois rebukes ‘stop Brexit’ protester

16 October 2019 12:36

We’re still waiting to hear what Mark Francois – and the rest of the ERG – make of Boris Johnson’s…

Boris Johnson must still keep no deal firmly in his mind

16 October 2019 10:42

The Irish backstop and the arrangements to replace it are now the focus of the eleventh-hour Brexit talks. Their importance…

Is hate crime really on the rise?

15 October 2019 18:28

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit bounce

15 October 2019 17:27

There was a fairytale quality to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to the SNP conference this afternoon. On the one hand, she…

Watch: Emily Thornberry accused of sexism for Commons jibe

15 October 2019 15:34

Emily Thornberry has had a busy day in the Commons. Labour’s shadow foreign secretary heckled her counterpart Dominic Raab this…

On black privilege

15 October 2019 13:28

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

Did anyone take the Queen’s Speech seriously?

14 October 2019 17:38

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

The myth of Britain’s air pollution pandemic

14 October 2019 14:22

It is a good thing that there is an air pollution bill in the Queen’s Speech today. We should not…

Sadiq Khan’s selective concern about ‘voter suppression’

14 October 2019 13:35

Sadiq Khan has got some front. He is complaining about the government’s voter ID plans, claiming it will lead to…

The biggest risk with Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

14 October 2019 12:23

This is more an election manifesto launch than a conventional Queen’s Speech, because Boris Johnson simply does not have the numbers in…