UK politics

Brexit is an ideological civil war that will never end

22 July 2018 9:00

I disagree with Robert Tombs that Brexit has played a greater role in determining English identity and a sense of…

Theresa May should enjoy her summer break, for the autumn will be her toughest time yet

21 July 2018 10:35

‘She’s safe until September’. That’s the verdict on Theresa May of one of those who knows the Tory parliamentary party…

There is no such thing as a Brexit ‘no deal’

21 July 2018 10:00

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Michel Barnier’s pointed questions suggest no deal

20 July 2018 14:51

Michel Barnier’s press conference responding to the UK government’s Brexit white paper will have been music to the ears of…

Julian Smith and the political art of not-lying

20 July 2018 14:15

Theresa May’s defence of Julian Smith this afternoon hasn’t gone down amazingly well. The Prime Minister stuck to the line…

Are female prisoners at risk from transgender inmates?

20 July 2018 10:35

Earlier this week, it was reported that an inmate in HM Prison New Hall, a women’s prison, had been charged with sexually…

Olly Robbins’ Brexit bonus

19 July 2018 13:30

Theresa May’s Brexit plan is going down badly and the EU is telling members states to step up preparations for…

Theresa May’s Brexit fear is selling Britain short

19 July 2018 10:52

The EU is afraid of us, but we’ve got a prime minister who is afraid of the EU. The declaration…

Kate Hoey on Jo Swinson vote pairing row: ‘she was okay to go on an anti-Trump demonstration’

19 July 2018 8:58

Although the government managed to win the crunch customs union vote this week, the victory was short-lived thanks to a…

Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris

18 July 2018 18:52

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech wasn’t the Geoffrey Howe moment some had built it up to be. But the former Foreign…

I was wrong about Boris Johnson

18 July 2018 18:21

Boris Johnson – an apology. His speech today was a very fine one and correct in each and every aspect.…

Labour members must pick a side in the fight against anti-Semitism

18 July 2018 18:10

Snap. It was a long time coming but it was always coming. Jeremy Corbyn, who has traded on an image…

Jeremy Corbyn gives Theresa May another easy ride at PMQs

18 July 2018 17:30

There is something horrible and unnatural about seeing Theresa May in trouble. Her aloof and grandmotherly face becomes a canvas…

Boris’s speech makes it harder for May to sell her Chequers plan

18 July 2018 16:00

Boris Johnson did not launch a full-on attack on Theresa May in his resignation speech. But he was brutally critical…

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech, full text

18 July 2018 15:17

Thank you Mr Speaker for granting me the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of the Foreign…

In praise of Labour’s Brexit rebels

18 July 2018 13:02

So this is what a principled politician looks like. They can be hard to spot these days, but last night,…

Theresa May’s premiership enters ‘last days of Rome’ mode

18 July 2018 10:11

‘I used to worry that something bad would happen, now I worry that something catastrophic will happen.’ This is how…

How May, Macron and Merkel failed to tame Trump

18 July 2018 8:16

To conclude that relations between the United States and the Europeans are in quite a chaotic and unpredictable state is…

Government’s not so cunning plan for an early summer break is scrapped

17 July 2018 20:07

The government suffered a defeat in the Commons this evening. The good news for Theresa May is that it wasn’t…

‘I’m literally a communist’ T-shirt – literally free market economics

17 July 2018 15:26

Last week, the left-wing blogger Ash Sarkar told Piers Morgan she was ‘literally a communist’ after the pair got into…

Blue on Blue: Nadine Dorries attacks Anna Soubry – ‘they’ve lost the plot’

17 July 2018 12:40

Oh dear. As No 10 attempt to stop more Commons rebellions today on the customs bill, relations between Tory Remain…

Michael Gove’s Brexit regret is much too little, much too late

17 July 2018 11:27

Not the least extraordinary thing about the campaign to leave the European Union is that it turns out no-one was…

Theresa May’s big problem? Her ‘passion for what’s workable,’ says Tory MP

16 July 2018 15:53

Andrea Jenkyns is regarded by many Tory MPs as a Brexit champion – after the Conservative MP for Morley pre-emptively…

Will Theresa May make it to the summer recess?

15 July 2018 23:06

Will Theresa May make it to the summer recess? It’s just over a week until Parliament breaks up for the…

Sunday shows round-up: Theresa May’s hard-headed Brexit

15 July 2018 17:03

Theresa May: People voted from the heart, but I must be hard-headed After an outbreak of discontent in the Conservative…