James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

Brexit failure will cost the Tories – whoever their leader is

20 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the oddities of this parliament has been that, despite everything, the government has remained ahead in the polls…

Which way will Corbyn go on Brexit?

13 April 2019 7:37 pm

In September, Labour conference will impose on Jeremy Corbyn a policy of backing a second referendum in all circumstances. So,…

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A general election is now Brexit’s last best chance

13 April 2019 9:00 am

It’s been even more humiliating second time round. The United Kingdom has again been reduced to asking the European Union…

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is brewing trouble within her party

10 April 2019 2:50 am

The Commons has voted by 420 to 110 to approve Theresa May’s decision to ask for an extension to the…

Are both May and Corbyn prepared to risk splitting their parties?

6 April 2019 8:47 pm

The irony of the stalemate in the cross-party Brexit talks is that Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not that…

If there’s no deal, there’s no Brexit

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Iraq, the financial crisis, the expenses scandal — all of these undermined trust in politicians. They created an impression of…

After May: the battle for the soul of the Tories is now on

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The most effective political insult of modern times was delivered by Norman Lamont in 1993, when he declared that John…

Boris backs May’s deal – who is next?

28 March 2019 6:28 am

Theresa May’s pledge to go before the second stage of the Brexit negotiation if her deal passes, is already reaping…

Those involved in the cross-party talks have praised Oliver Letwin for the way he is managing them. Picture: Getty

Are we heading for a softer Brexit?

26 March 2019 10:44 am

With Oliver Letwin’s amendment passing, MPs will seize control of the order paper on Wednesday afternoon to hold indicative votes.…

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has humiliated Britain

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny,…

May says little new in statement as she again attacks MPs for failing to make a decision

21 March 2019 8:17 am

Theresa May’s statement tonight wasn’t particularly dramatic. She had no new policies to announce or arguments to make. Rather, she…

Meltdown: three years on and we are no closer to a Brexit resolution

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Almost three years have passed since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and yet we are still no closer…

Meaningful vote 3 in the next seven days

14 March 2019 8:36 am

Theresa May’s extension motion makes clear that she intends to bring her deal back for another vote in the next…

Why we could be heading for a third vote on May’s Brexit deal

13 March 2019 7:10 am

Late last night, there was a sense of optimism among ministers that the government’s revised deal might have a chance.…

Is there any way that May’s deal could pass on Tuesday?

9 March 2019 10:18 pm

The government’s efforts to get changes to the backstop have run into a brick wall in Brussels. The EU thinks,…

Will Brexiteers miss their best chance at Brexit?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Theresa May was only ever going to win approval for her Brexit deal by persuading MPs that it was the…

Breaking point: can either Labour or the Tories survive Brexit?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The only certainty in the Brexit process is that there is no certainty. Brexiteers had long sought solace in the…

A divided Labour could hand the Tories another 12 years of power

23 February 2019 9:00 am

In September 2016, the Labour party reached a turning point but then failed to turn. The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn…

The Tories have one man to thank for keeping them float: Jeremy Corbyn

If Corbyn’s not in the lead now, he never will be

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Statistically, a Tory victory at the next election is unlikely. British voters tend not to grant a fourth term to…

The Tories have never been less prepared for a general election

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘What would a Conservative manifesto say on Brexit?’ Many Tories consider this question a slam-dunk argument against an early election.…

Theresa May has been given a second chance to save Brexit. She’d better not blow it

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Theresa May will soon arrive in Brussels with a series of unlikely demands. She must tell the European Union that…

Brexit goes back to the backstop

26 January 2019 9:00 am

As the prime minister walks up the main staircase in No. 10, he or she must pass the portrait of…

Taking back control: parliament’s plan for Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Straight after the government’s epic defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday night, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Business…

Does May even have a Plan B?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Cabinets these days are fractious affairs. Ministers take increasingly unsubtle digs at each other as they rehearse the same old…

Brexit is a fight for the very sovereignty of our nation

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Who should govern Britain? This has always been the most contentious question in British politics. Magna Carta, the Reformation, the…