Brexit

Will the DUP's Edwin Poots win his war on the Northern Ireland protocol?

15 May 2021 3:15 pm

What to make of the triumph of Edwin Poots, the new leader of the Democratic Unionist party, who defeated the…

What Europe could learn from Britain’s new migration system

15 May 2021 9:00 am

While the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has no formal role in devising the bloc’s immigration policy, his…

Who would want to replace Arlene Foster?

29 April 2021 3:06 am

Arlene Foster has announced that she will be standing down as DUP leader on the 28 May and First Minister…

Alan Duncan rants about ‘idiot’ parliamentary colleagues and Britain’s waning influence

24 April 2021 9:00 am

As a budding political apparatchik, my first job out of university was as a junior parliamentary assistant to Alan Duncan…

The collapse of the Brexit scare stories

21 April 2021 3:43 pm

The collapse in UK-EU trade after 1 January was widely reported. What has not been reported nearly as much is…

Spectacular invective: Jonathan Meades lets rip about Boris and Brexit

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The title alludes to Jonathan Meades’s first collection of criticism, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, and to the album by…

Mon dieu! Our French residency permits have arrived

17 April 2021 9:00 am

For EU nationals living in Britain and wanting to legally remain after Brexit, a letter or an email was enough…

The EU needs to stop playing politics with law

17 April 2021 8:50 am

The Lugano convention – part of a tapestry of complicated international law agreements ensuring the courts of one country recognise…

The Northern Ireland Protocol is untenable

16 April 2021 11:00 pm

The process that delivered us the Northern Ireland Protocol already seems to have been rewritten in official memory. It suits…

The UK’s vaccine roll-out has ended the Brexit debate

12 April 2021 11:21 pm

The country would remain implacably divided for a generation, with Remain and Leave replacing class and geography as the new…

Can Spain's Europhilism last?

11 April 2021 4:00 pm

‘Suppose a man be carried, whilst fast asleep, into a room where there is a person he longs to see…

Starmer's Labour is following the French Socialists into oblivion

9 April 2021 6:27 pm

Why does Keir Starmer seem set on following the example of the French Socialist party, and leading Labour into electoral…

What should go in the Brexit museum

5 April 2021 3:01 pm

Have you ever wondered what happened to Boris Johnson’s Brexit bus? One might think such a large, controversial item would…

Boris has a trump card in denying Sturgeon an 'illegal' referendum

2 April 2021 4:45 pm

Amidst all the dry economic arguments, one of the more emotive fronts on which the 2016 referendum was fought was…

European nations are reasserting themselves

29 March 2021 10:29 pm

All but the most hardened Remainer will admit that the EU’s vaccine rollout has been poor. Up against the UK’s…

Nigel Farage is destroying his own legacy

27 March 2021 5:30 pm

How’s this for a terrible confession? There has always been a small part of me that admires Nigel Farage. As…

Can Priti Patel’s asylum shake-up help Britain take back control?

26 March 2021 2:54 am

Every Home Secretary is forced to confront the cold political realities of the office. What they set out to deliver…

New poll gives Brexit a shot in the arm

25 March 2021 7:03 pm

On New Years’ Eve former Labour minister Andrew Adonis grandly declared on Twitter: ‘The campaign for Britain to rejoin Europe starts…

Diane Abbott has exposed Keir Starmer's Red Wall dilemma

20 March 2021 6:15 pm

Were Keir Starmer more like Gordon Brown in temperament then by now he’d be throwing his mobile phone at a…

Is Biden turning on Brussels?

18 March 2021 6:16 am

The Joe Biden administration, headed up by a proud son of Ireland, has spent St Patrick’s Day briefing reporters in Washington…

The danger of mocking Nigel Farage

8 March 2021 1:29 am

He’s gone. Again. Even casual watchers of UK politics will be used to Nigel Farage quitting…and then returning.But this time,…

Brexit and gender are off limits for aspiring authors

7 March 2021 5:30 pm

When a small US publisher accepted my first book for young adults, ‘Crosstrack’, it wasn’t long before things went pear…

Barnier and France fear Brexit Britain’s next moves

5 March 2021 10:48 pm

Michel Barnier – still officially the EU’s Brexit taskforce leader – gives few interviews. As a Savoyard and keen mountaineer,…

Are loyalists plotting a return to violence?

5 March 2021 8:21 pm

What are we to make of Loyalist paramilitary groups withdrawing support for the Good Friday Agreement over the invidious trade…

Scotland could become the EU's next great problem

2 March 2021 8:54 pm

It is generally acknowledged, even by diehard Remainers, that the European Union’s handling of Cameron’s attempted renegotiation of the UK’s…