Articles tagged Brexit:

What does the Defection of Three Tory MPs Mean?

  • 20 Feb 2019

Last night I thought about writing an article about the most likely Conservative MPs to defect. Then I read a piece mentioning the three I was going to name, so then I thought, sod it, going to bed is a more attractive option.  Then, hey presto, the three I was going to nam...

Is Geoffrey Cox the Man to Save Brexit?

  • 20 Feb 2019

Over the last few weeks it has appeared impossible for anyone to find a way through the Brexit morass. Plan after plan is put forward and then dropped. The EU appears to be at its most intransigent. Theresa May at her most obdurate, failing to recognise the real pickle she's i...

The Real Brexit Lies and Distortions & Why Honda's Decision Is Not Down to Brexit

  • 19 Feb 2019

The announcement of the closure in 2021 of the Honda plant in Swindon is a disaster for the town. More than 3,000 people will lose their jobs and no doubt that figure will increase in the wider area through the supply chain.  Honda has this morning been explaining why t...

If Collective Responsibility & Ministerial Discipline Aren't Restored This Government Is Finished

  • 17 Feb 2019

A few weeks ago it was reported that a senior Remain supporting Cabinet Minister had told journalists to expect 40 ministerial resignations if the Government didn't allow them to support Yvette Cooper's amendment ruling out a 'no deal' Brexit. In the event, there wasn't a sing...

Politico Column: In Which I Review 14 Brexit Podcasts

  • 11 Feb 2019

This column was written for Politico. We're told that people are bored of Brexit. So you might think there would not be much of market for Brexit-based podcasts. You’d be wrong. In fact, a burgeoning podcasting scene has grown up around analyzing and dissecting Britai...

EDP/EADT Column: The Next Two Months Will Define Theresa May's Legacy

  • 2 Feb 2019

Good week for Theresa May - but it’s the big Brexit deal which will make or break her premiership.   It doesn’t happen often, but Theresa May had a good day on Tuesday. She urged MPs to vote against government policy on the Northern Ireland backstop, and they did so. Biz...

An Open Letter to the European Research Group (ERG)

  • 29 Jan 2019

Dear ERG, Have you gone completely stark, staring mad? Glad to have got your attention... Last week your chairman called on the Prime Minister to prorogue Parliament. This week your actions could scupper Brexit altogether. You don't want a soft Brexit. I don't want a ...

Let Me Be Clear Where I Stand on Brexit & Mrs May's Deal

  • 27 Jan 2019

I've come to the conclusion that when people watch television, and they have a certain view on an issue, they hear what they want to hear. I've got used to it by now, but it really does irritate me. Take today, for example. This morning I appeared on the Andrew Marr Show for t...

Mail on Sunday Column: The Brexit Wrecking Crew

  • 20 Jan 2019

Of all the many colourful scenes and events surrounding the tumultuous defeat of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal last Tuesday, one image stays with me more than any other – and for all the wrong reasons. It is the mental picture of senior hard-Brexiteers including John Red...

EDP Column: What Price Loyalty? Does Parliament Reflect the Country on Brexit?

  • 19 Jan 2019

Loyalty, loyalty, what price loyalty? Given the events in Parliament this week you might think that our local MPs might have shaken off the shackles of party loyalty and allegiance, but not a bit of it. Political parties are an always have been tribes. You’re elected under a p...