Boris Johnson

The political pact that could save Brexit

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If there is to be an election before we leave the European Union, some kind of non-aggression pact between the…

Boris Johnson’s path to an early election

6 September 2019 3:32 am

Although Downing Street has heralded today the ‘first day of the election campaign’, Boris Johnson is yet to be able…

Boris Johnson denied election request – but snap poll remains likely

5 September 2019 6:42 am

Boris Johnson has lost his third government vote – and his first bid for an early election. MPs voted against…

Tories lose vote – Boris Johnson looks to early election

4 September 2019 8:09 am

Boris Johnson tonight suffered his first government defeat in his first Commons vote since becoming Prime Minister. Tory rebels joined forces…

Is Trump’s suggestion to bomb hurricanes really that stupid?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Blowing against the wind President Trump was ridiculed for suggesting that hurricanes could be impeded on their passage across the…

Might there be a Brexit deal after all?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Parliament has not yet returned from its summer break but we are already in a bitter constitutional battle, with the…

History will soon judge this fraught time

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Good stories have a dénouement. The Act III moment when all is revealed and the narrative comes in to land…

Battle begins

31 August 2019 9:00 am

What makes Boris Johnson an improvement on Theresa May? Those of us who cheered him on into 10 Downing Street…

Boris Johnson’s Parliament shutdown isn’t unconstitutional

31 August 2019 12:27 am

Has Boris Johnson done a Charles I and shut down Parliament indefinitely? The headlines this week might lead you to…

How Boris Johnson boxed his Brexit opponents in

30 August 2019 5:19 pm

As a Leave voter, it is satisfying to watch Boris’s Johnson’s bold Brexit plan unfold. The predictable backlash to it…

What will the Tory and Labour election campaigns look like?

30 August 2019 5:03 am

We know that the Conservatives are gearing up for an election in the next few months. Their official line is…

Will the no-deal opponents finally get their act together?

28 August 2019 10:07 pm

So what now for the opponents of no deal? Boris Johnson has dramatically called their bluff, and as Mr Steerpike…

Johnson confirms he will prorogue parliament

28 August 2019 7:43 pm

Downing Street has just confirmed that the Prime Minister will be asking the Queen to prorogue parliament ahead of a…

For better or worse, Boris Johnson is different

26 August 2019 3:21 am

I’ve learned only one thing at the G7 summit of big rich countries here in Biarritz: Boris Johnson absolutely loves…

Boris’s nightmare is that the EU accepts his Brexit offer

24 August 2019 3:30 pm

As was to be expected, the EU’s reaction to Boris Johnson’s offer of revisiting the Withdrawal Agreement if the backstop…

To get a deal Boris needs to show (or fake) some humility

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There were many Brexiteers who were urging Boris Johnson to travel to Washington before he went anywhere else, to underline…

How did Richard Braine become Dick Braine?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Name calling Richard Braine was appointed leader of Ukip, leading to jokes about the party being led by a ‘Dick…

Boris is facing his Sparta moment

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The PM’s hero is the Athenian statesman Pericles, and a Periclean crossroads is now approaching. According to the biographer Plutarch,…

It’s time to talk about what no deal really means

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The main reason Conservative MPs prefer Boris Johnson’s government to Theresa May’s is because of its clarity of message. The…

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel’s optimistic press conference

22 August 2019 3:17 am

When Theresa May held press conferences with European leaders over Brexit, they were often a painful affair – with her…

France says no deal now the most likely Brexit outcome. But why now?

22 August 2019 2:15 am

Why would French government officials brief that they think it most likely Britain will leave the European Union without a…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit opponents are playing into his hands

22 August 2019 1:08 am

There is arguably the most important conflict raging in the Tory party since Churchill replaced Chamberlain as PM in 1940.…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 8:38 pm

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

Was I wrong about Boris Johnson?

17 August 2019 4:00 pm

The Conservative commentariat does not march in step. Myself, along with Matthew Parris, Max Hastings and Simon Heffer are proud, stiff-necked…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…