UK politics

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…

Election on 14 October if government loses no-deal vote

3 September 2019 4:30 am

There will be a general election on 14 October if MPs defeat the government tomorrow on no-deal Brexit legislation. Number…

Will Labour MPs really back a general election?

3 September 2019 1:09 am

There’s an assumption in Westminster that the Labour Party would have to back a snap general election if Boris Johnson…

Tory MPs who vote for the extension legislation will be barred from standing for the party at the next election

31 August 2019 7:34 pm

Parliament returns on Tuesday and it is expected that anti no-deal MPs will – with John Bercow’s help – quickly…

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…

The rage against Boris

29 August 2019 11:04 pm

This morning, a petition demanding ‘Do not prorogue Parliament’ is doing the rounds. At the time of writing, more than…

It’s time for Boris Johnson’s opponents to decide what they want

29 August 2019 9:16 pm

Boris Johnson sees method in and admires some of Trump’s apparent madness: not the ‘send them home’ abusive chants about ethnic…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy gives MPs a simple choice

29 August 2019 1:07 am

Talking to various figures in Government today, it is clear that Boris Johnson’s team want the choice for MPs to…

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…

Is the Chancellor’s cancelled speech another sign an early election is looming?

28 August 2019 1:11 am

Sajid Javid has this afternoon cancelled a speech he was due to give tomorrow, and brought forward the one-year spending…

Europe’s politicians should be terrified of a no-deal Brexit

27 August 2019 8:03 pm

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to use ‘all tactics available’ to block a no-deal Brexit. The Labour leader is meeting MPs…

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…

Stop thinking Merkel will save us, Dominic Cummings warns

24 August 2019 3:59 am

Is Boris Johnson more likely to get a Brexit deal after his meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron? 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.…

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…

Alexander Waugh is the Brexit party’s most illustrious candidate

15 August 2019 8:06 pm

At the next General Election, the lucky constituents of Bridgwater and West Somerset will find an illustrious name on their…

Why October 10th is Boris Johnson’s best bet for a snap election

15 August 2019 4:00 pm

Boris Johnson thrives on risk. His political life so far has consisted of a succession of gambles that have paid…

The real reason Corbynites turned on Caroline Lucas and the Greens

14 August 2019 3:30 pm

Caroline Lucas’s plan for an all-female emergency Cabinet to stop a no-deal Brexit is a fantasy, with no prospect of success.…

It’s time David Cameron returned to fix his Brexit mess

13 August 2019 5:29 pm

In private moments of exasperation with rebellious Tory MPs, prime minister David Cameron used to complain that “too many of…

With interest rates crashing, Boris is in luck – he can borrow his way out of any Brexit crisis

10 August 2019 4:30 pm

Is Boris Johnson the luckiest prime minister ever? This week, the Government can borrow money for ten years at 0.48…