UK politics

The Guardian’s tabloid switch is a big mistake

7 December 2017 12:20

‘Since you’re here…we have a small favour to ask’. These words may ring a bell for you – or just…

Gavin Williamson and Philip Hammond’s awkward outing

7 December 2017 12:06

It’s fair to say that (not for the first time in recent months) things are a little bit awkward around…

David Davis’s Irish problem

7 December 2017 11:33

It’s safe to say this hasn’t been a good week for the government with Brexit talks unexpectedly stalling on Monday.…

Christmas markets without armed police are now a thing of the past

7 December 2017 9:12

I love the Christmas season, so friendly and wholesome and filled with evocative memories – but don’t the machine guns…

What the papers say: Labour must clarify its Brexit plan

7 December 2017 8:32

Another day, another Brexit warning: this time it comes from the head of Standard Chartered, who says that Britain’s imminent…

Boris left alone to fight for divergence at Cabinet

6 December 2017 17:30

After the DUP took issue with government’s handling of the Irish border question on Monday, Theresa May had to return…

Jeremy Corbyn scores six own-goals in a row at PMQs

6 December 2017 16:26

Ah the joys of political marriages. Theresa May’s pact with the DUP bolstered her at PMQs today, and she delivered…

Ignore the motorheads telling us that we all need new cars

6 December 2017 15:07

The motorheads are at it again. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK auto manufacturers lobby group,…

Social media is the propaganda tool the Nazis could only dream of

6 December 2017 14:50

Last month, the venture capitalist Roger McNamee drew parallels between the persuasive powers of Facebook and those of Joseph Goebbels. McNamee…

Tory Brexiteers are clearly becoming more concerned

6 December 2017 13:40

Remarkably, Theresa May made it through PMQs today pretty much unscathed. I cannot, though, report that this was because she…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: May’s Brexit red lines look ‘a little bit pink’

6 December 2017 13:11

Theresa May’s Brexit red lines were intended to keep her backbenchers happy, reassuring them that there would be no backsliding…

Brexit draft agreement leaks

6 December 2017 10:35

Theresa May is having a tough week after her plan to agree ‘sufficient progress’ with Jean Claude-Juncker in time for…

What the papers say: May should ditch her plan to leave the single market

6 December 2017 8:27

17.4million people backed Brexit, but only two – at least one of whom campaigned for ‘Remain’ – decided that leaving the…

Could the Manchester Arena bombing have been stopped?

5 December 2017 17:03

Today’s report into the Manchester and London terror attacks makes for devastating reading, spelling out as it does the horrors…

David Davis suggests regulatory alignment will apply to whole of the UK

5 December 2017 13:39

A government minister has just appeared at the despatch box to discuss the state of the EU negotiations. Unfortunately for…

Battle of the Maybots

5 December 2017 12:56

Unfortunately for Theresa May, her working lunch on Monday with Jean-Claude Juncker didn’t work when it came to agreeing ‘sufficient…

The Tories are playing a dangerous game with the Union

5 December 2017 12:29

It is a measure of devolution’s success that politicians, provided they are of sufficient stature, can make waves and news…

Nick Clegg is right: we need a second Brexit referendum

5 December 2017 11:11

I didn’t think I would ever see myself write this, but I think Nick Clegg is right: we need a…

Now we know just how much Theresa May is willing to give away to secure Brexit

5 December 2017 9:29

The thing to appreciate about the Conservative and Unionist Party is that the only principle it understands less than Conservatism…

What the papers say: How will May sell her fudge pudding to the DUP?

5 December 2017 8:33

Theresa May’s plan to wrap up an agreement on the first stage of Brexit talks was scuppered at the last…

To prevent an Irish Sea border, Theresa May will align UK regulations with the EU

4 December 2017 23:37

So it turns out there is something Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party fears and loathes more than the possibility of…

No 10 calls briefing meeting, says nothing

4 December 2017 17:21

Following Theresa May and Jean Claude Junker’s press conference to announce that no deal has been reached (yet), Tory MPs were…

How will the Irish border issue be solved in time?

4 December 2017 16:23

Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May have just emerged from their lunch. But there is no white smoke over Brussels this…

Why Number 10 needs to calm some Tory nerves this afternoon

4 December 2017 15:16

In the midst of the confusion over whether the UK and Ireland have agreed for Northern Ireland to remain in…

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…