UK politics

The DUP is caught on the horns of a Brexit dilemma

18 October 2019 10:54 pm

There is a magnificent paradox – the Taj Mahal of paradoxes, let’s hope NOT the RMS Titanic of paradoxes –…

Boris Johnson ‘very confident’ MPs will back his deal

18 October 2019 4:33 am

Boris Johnson has just given a very upbeat press conference about his Brexit deal, despite the DUP being clear that…

The EU might tell MPs: it’s this deal or no deal

17 October 2019 8:58 pm

Both the UK government and the EU are now saying that a Brexit deal has been done. There is both…

Is hate crime really on the rise?

16 October 2019 4:28 am

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

On black privilege

15 October 2019 11:28 pm

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

Did anyone take today’s Queen’s Speech seriously?

15 October 2019 3:38 am

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

The biggest risk with Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

14 October 2019 10:23 pm

This is more an election manifesto launch than a conventional Queen’s Speech, because Boris Johnson simply does not have the numbers in…

Could Boris Johnson win an election but lose his seat?

14 October 2019 9:25 pm

Is Boris safe in Uxbridge? The Lib Dems have an eye on the Prime Minister’s 5000 vote majority and their…

The purpose of Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

14 October 2019 7:20 am

Normally a Prime Minister uses a Queen’s Speech to lay out their government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead. However,…

Can ministers really hold their nerve on Brexit this week?

14 October 2019 6:39 am

Boris Johnson is now in what’s known in cricket as the ‘Nervous Nineties’, when a batsman becomes so anxious about…

If Boris does a Brexit deal, it will be because of the ‘Surrender Act’

13 October 2019 10:04 pm

Will he strike a deal with the EU allowing Britain to leave this month? Will he compromise on the Irish…

Is a deal really possible?

12 October 2019 8:40 pm

It is one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent political history. On Wednesday afternoon, the Brexit talks seemed pretty…

Brexit party voters will decide Boris Johnson’s fate

11 October 2019 11:00 pm

The fate of Boris Johnson’s premiership will be determined by Nigel Farage and the Brexit party. Even if a Brexit…

Tories fret over further election delay

10 October 2019 2:48 am

Members of the One Nation caucus of Conservative MPs met with Boris Johnson this afternoon over concerns the party could…

Thwarting Brexit probably won’t stop Brexit

8 October 2019 5:00 pm

What if they succeed in thwarting Brexit? The odds seem weighted against Boris Johnson delivering his do-or-die (-in-a-ditch) promise to…

Boris Johnson takes on extinction rebellion at book launch

8 October 2019 9:14 am

To the launch of the final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher at Banqueting House. A mix of…

Can Boris Johnson survive if he breaks his Brexit promise?

8 October 2019 2:26 am

It gives me no pleasure to report this of my former Daily Telegraph colleague, but some people who know Boris…

Why Boris Johnson’s Brexit offer is probably dead

7 October 2019 9:11 pm

The word habitually used by EU negotiators to characterise Boris Johnson’s Brexit offer is “uncertainty”. They talk of “uncertainty” about how the…

Is a Brexit deal now off the table?

7 October 2019 7:59 am

Is a Brexit deal agreed before October 31st a realistic possibility? Technically talks between the UK and EU are ongoing…

Boris Johnson will have to win a majority to get the EU to engage with his Brexit plan

5 October 2019 7:37 pm

The Brexit talks between the UK and the EU are making very little progress. Number 10 say that there is…

Is Boris really going to ask for a Brexit extension?

4 October 2019 11:06 pm

Boris Johnson will seek an extension to Article 50 if there is no Brexit deal by 19 October, documents read…

Tony Abbott: My heart leapt when Boris Johnson became prime minister

2 October 2019 6:36 pm

If Britain is to be a free country, the difficulties of leaving simply have to be faced. Now, I know…

Why is the EU obsessed with forcing regulatory alignment on Britain?

1 October 2019 8:19 pm

I still don’t quite understand the position of some ardent Remain supporters. I do not understand why allowing the UK…

Why senior Conservatives are talking about a Brexit extension

1 October 2019 7:53 pm

Will the UK have left the EU by October 31st? At the Conservative party conference, ministers, MPs and activists are…

It’s now or never for Boris Johnson if he wants a Brexit breakthrough

1 October 2019 12:42 am

There is only one speech that matters this week, here in Manchester at Tory party conference. It will be Boris Johnson’s on…