UK politics

Could a ‘frontstop’ solve the Brexit backstop problem?

8 February 2019 16:24

Like many people growing up in Northern Ireland, I closed my eyes to the dirty, nasty low-grade civil war that…

The truth about Turning Point

8 February 2019 8:06

Earlier this week I made the usual mistake of looking at Twitter and saw that ‘Turning Point’ was trending. This…

Would a no-deal Brexit be a repeat of Black Wednesday for the Tories?

7 February 2019 17:07

Could a no-deal Brexit destroy the Tory party’s reputation for competence and lead to a crushing electoral defeat in the same…

Britain is heading for a Brexit tragedy

7 February 2019 12:12

With 50 days left before the official date for leaving the EU, we may just have hit peak Brexit mayhem.…

Corbyn’s offer weakens May in Brussels, but helps her at Westminster

7 February 2019 10:25

One of the main messages that Theresa May is taking to Brussels today is that significant, legally binding changes to…

Labour and the banality of anti-Semitism

6 February 2019 17:56

Is there a name for the moment something objectionable becomes so mainstream that those responsible can solemnly lament it as…

Britain needs to back down on the backstop – but the EU must help

6 February 2019 15:14

Theresa May’s attempt to alter her Brexit deal is going down badly in Brussels. The anger is partly understandable: after…

What would George Orwell make of the Brexit right?

6 February 2019 14:47

I don’t believe in turning George Orwell’s writing into Holy Scripture – he would have hated the reverence as much…

Watch: Leo Varadkar caught out making Brexit gag

6 February 2019 12:26

Oh dear. Donald Tusk has been causing trouble this morning with his comments about some Brexiteers deserving a special place…

Theresa May’s expectation management falls flat with the ERG

5 February 2019 18:24

Theresa May has been in Northern Ireland today attempting to ease concerns over her commitment to avoiding a hard border.…

Watch: Jon Snow calls out Chris Williamson on Venezuela

5 February 2019 14:42

Venezuela is in ruins and its people are suffering greatly as a result of Nicolas Maduro’s failed socialist experiment. So…

Will the public mood on no deal sway the Commons?

5 February 2019 12:57

As Theresa May attempts to reopen negotiations on the terms of the backstop, there is a view in Downing Street…

The plan that could give rebel Labour MPs the space to break away

5 February 2019 11:45

Reports that Theresa May’s team are considering a June election haven’t exactly been met with universal acclaim. Tory MPs in…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunt backfires

4 February 2019 15:59

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s rising political star. The 29-year-old is the youngest women ever to serve in the US Congress…

How long will the Tory truce hold?

4 February 2019 10:11

Nearly one week on from Tory MPs uniting around a Brexit position and the cracks are starting to show. After…

Watch: Andrew Marr calls out EU leaders over TV no-shows

3 February 2019 15:00

When was the last time an EU leader gave an interview to British TV to talk about Brexit? If you’re…

Sunday shows round-up: UK ‘will still be a very safe country’ after no deal, Javid says

3 February 2019 13:31

Sajid Javid: No-deal UK ‘will still be a very safe country’ This morning Andrew Marr was joined by the Home…

This week’s FGM prosecution raises deep questions which cannot go unaddressed

2 February 2019 18:28

The first successful prosecution in the UK for the crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been widely covered. Not…

Don’t expect much on Brexit before Valentine’s Day

2 February 2019 10:34

Don’t expect much movement on Brexit this side of Valentine’s Day, I say in The Sun this morning. There are…

Watch: Whitto’s awkward turn on Channel 4

31 January 2019 17:52

Oh dear. It’s been a rollercoaster for the European Research Group of late. Once heralded as the Machiavellis of Brexit, the…

MPs have their holidays cancelled – but will they have anything to do?

31 January 2019 12:58

After much speculation, Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the February recess will be cancelled. This means that – in theory…

Eurosceptic fears grow over a potential customs union pivot

30 January 2019 19:45

After refusing to meet with Theresa May until she ruled out a no deal Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn finally held talks…

Why did Jeremy Hunt have such a long face at PMQs?

30 January 2019 16:42

Bit of a different day at PMQs. There wasn’t a peep from Remain Corner where Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and…

This is Brexit’s La La Land moment

30 January 2019 13:55

From Venezuela to Zimbabwe, the noise that defines failing states is the wail. It’s not our fault, their leaders cry.…

The three problems with changing the Brexit backstop

30 January 2019 12:39

The EU only functions as a collection of 28 nations – minus one on 29 March – because of its…