How to solve Brexit's ratchet clause problem

11 December 2020 10:19 pm

At the moment, the biggest single obstacle in the Brexit talks is the so-called ‘ratchet clause’. This is what Boris…

If Boris doesn’t blink over Brexit, Starmer becomes unelectable

11 December 2020 7:24 pm

If it’s No Deal, then it will usher in a crisis that will highlight the leader’s negative baggage and remind…

Why Boris Johnson can’t sign the current Brexit deal

11 December 2020 6:02 am

The negotiations are still underway in Brussels. But both the UK and the EU are now talking far more openly…

Does the EU understand what sovereignty really means?

10 December 2020 10:06 pm

The UK never tried to have our constitution written in one big session. We made it up by responding to…

We should not accept Brexit in name only

10 December 2020 1:30 am

Given the seemingly highly technical nature of the current negotiations, members of the public who have normal lives to lead…

Deal or no-deal? The choice is Boris Johnson's

8 December 2020 6:12 pm

If you voted for Brexit, did you think it was a state of pure and perfect national independence, or did…

Can Boris's dash to Brussels secure a Brexit deal?

8 December 2020 6:21 am

The upshot of Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen’s conversation this evening is that the pair will meet in…

Inside the no-deal reasonable worst case scenario

7 December 2020 6:48 pm

I’ve been passed the government’s ‘reasonable worst case scenario planning assumptions to support civil contingencies planning for the end of…

The texture of our country is changing before our eyes

5 December 2020 9:00 am

On Saturday night we sat around the kitchen table, my family and I, and had a takeaway from the Turkish…

Will we end up with a Paphlagonian Brexit deal?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Freed from the bonds of the European Union, Britain is now in a position to sign whatever trade deal it…

Brexit talks go down to the wire

4 December 2020 7:47 pm

After the past few years, it is hard to take Brexit deadlines seriously; they have a tendency to always slide…

Did Brexit lead to the UK’s vaccine success?

3 December 2020 5:56 am

Today the United Kingdom became the first country in the West to clinically authorise a vaccine protecting against Covid-19, after…

Left behind: how Labour betrayed its base

28 November 2020 9:00 am

How Labour betrayed its base

China has a friend in Jesus

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Last week, I wrote about ‘Frost & Lewis’ (David and Oliver), leaders of our country’s team at the Brexit negotiations,…

Letters: Solidarity is the best thing for Scotland

28 November 2020 9:00 am

SNP sophistry Sir: Andrew Wilson (‘Scot free’, 21 November) poses the question: ‘What if the case for independence was a…

Are our churches safe from Justin Welby?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

‘Frost & Lewis’. It sounds like a programme amalgamating two of the most famous TV detectives. The former diplomat, Lord…

Scotland can’t afford to remain part of the Union

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Staying in the Union is now riskier than independence

The march of the fascist mushrooms

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It has been too long coming. While conscientious and decent liberals have tried to explain why, to their horror, millions…

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Brexit Britain will be the winner in the EU’s war on Joe Biden

16 November 2020 3:47 am

A new era of transatlantic cooperation will have begun. The United States will pivot towards Brussels. The trade wars will…

Racists will love it: National Theatre's Death of England – Delroy reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Death of England: Delroy is a companion piece to Death of England, which ran in February at the NT and…

Boris won't be forgiven if he caves on Brexit now

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It now looks increasingly likely that lockdown will end on 2 December, after all. The decision to impose further restrictions…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine hopes up, Zoom shares down and Biden calls Boris

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Home Pfizer and BioNTech announced a vaccine against Covid-19 of 90 per cent efficacy from two injections three weeks apart.…

There is no Santa Claus, Sir Patrick

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It seems, then, that this latest lockdown has been instigated simply to protect two very questionable institutions — the National…

My Covid risk assessment

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Classes of people at moderate risk from Covid-19. Addenda to current NHS guidelines. Those at risk from coronavirus now include…

Has Spitting Image ever been funny?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Thank you, Spitting Image, for the nostalgia trip! Your new series on BritBox has rekindled with almost Proustian fidelity those…