UK politics

Labour MPs threaten to push Corbyn into supporting a second referendum

15 January 2019 17:21

Labour MPs who want a second referendum are threatening to table their own motion calling for one next week if…

The question that Leavers and Remainers still can’t answer

15 January 2019 14:23

Why did Britain vote for Brexit? As Parliament gazes into the abyss, the question seems worth asking, even if I…

Bercow vs Government, Part VIII: Speaker rejects Murrison amendment

15 January 2019 13:23

Relations between the Speaker and the government have taken yet another turn for the worse this afternoon. Ahead of tonight’s…

John Bercow only has eyes for Labour

15 January 2019 12:32

While much remains uncertain when it comes to how Brexit will play out in the coming days and weeks, it…

Brexiteers owe Dominic Grieve and Gina Miller a debt of gratitude

15 January 2019 12:12

If, as seems inevitable, the Commons votes to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal later today – thereby sparing Britain from…

Theresa May will lose tonight but she will still cling to her Brexit deal

15 January 2019 9:33

Theresa May will lose the vote tonight on her Brexit plan, widely seen as the most important vote in Parliament…

Theresa May survives no confidence vote in the Commons

14 January 2019 19:17

Theresa May has survived a vote of confidence in the Commons by 325 votes to 306. Tory MPs – as…

Is John Bercow preparing to pull off another procedural trick?

14 January 2019 19:07

There has just been another series of pointed exchanges between government backbenchers and the Speaker over procedure. Following the Sunday…

May’s new Brexit pitch: my bad deal is better than no deal

14 January 2019 17:54

If you’re a not particularly impressive leader of a political party preparing a response to any statement given by Theresa…

John Bercow steps up his battle with ministers

14 January 2019 17:26

John Bercow clearly isn’t backing down in his stand-off with ministers. Today he opened a new front in the House…

Chris Williamson on the joys of Venezuela

14 January 2019 16:18

Venezuela is a country in crisis: inflation hit one million per cent last year and GDP has plummeted by half…

Where every Tory MP stands on Brexit: the full list

14 January 2019 15:59

As things stand, it looks inevitable that Theresa May’s Brexit deal will be defeated in the House of Commons on…

Can the Murrison amendment prevent humiliation for May?

14 January 2019 15:56

In Parliament a glimmer of hope has emerged ahead of the vote on Theresa May’s seemingly doomed Brexit deal. It’s…

Mel Stride’s picture perfect ‘no deal preparations’

14 January 2019 15:36

With only one day to go until the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the government has been doing its…

MP’s best friendship lies lost in the Commons

14 January 2019 14:45

As the Brexit vote looms closer, the whips are on a hunt for MPs. Not so much to discover how…

The EU’s latest effort won’t help May pass her Brexit deal

14 January 2019 13:07

The letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk ahead of tomorrow’s vote is not the cavalry arriving. It is more…

Theresa May says it would be ‘catastrophic’ to cancel Brexit. Is she right?

13 January 2019 22:59

The prime minister will tomorrow make a powerful speech – in the heart of Brexit UK, Stoke on Trent –…

How heavily will Theresa May’s Brexit deal be defeated?

13 January 2019 22:26

Theresa May’s Brexit deal will finally be voted on this week. However, the signs so far are not good. Despite the…

The threat of a Brexit coup in Parliament is real – and terrifying

13 January 2019 17:03

Today’s Sunday Times splash – about a ‘coup’ being plotted by Tory rebels to take over Brexit – looks and…

Sunday shows round-up: Corbyn promises a no confidence motion ‘soon’

13 January 2019 16:54

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour will table vote of no confidence motion ‘soon’ The week ahead promises to be full of drama,…

Theresa May’s single most important strategic mistake

12 January 2019 17:19

Before the big vote on Tuesday night, the EU’s 27 government heads will provide greater reassurances – probably in the…

What will be May’s Plan B?

12 January 2019 10:34

The Cabinet aren’t even waiting for the meaningful vote to be lost to start discussing Plan Bs. As I say…

The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament

11 January 2019 16:10

People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics.…

Live from the London Palladium: Jacob Rees-Mogg

11 January 2019 14:27

Before Christmas, we at The Spectator arranged an evening with Jacob Rees-Mogg. The idea was that I’d interview him in…

Has Speaker Bercow outstayed his welcome?

10 January 2019 15:12

John Bercow has been an excellent, reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. He has supercharged backbenchers with greater use…