Brexit

Portrait of the Week: EU mandarins are suspiciously cheerful about Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Home EU officials were suspiciously cheerful over the prospects of Brexit negotiations running up to the next summit on 18…

Will Theresa May risk putting her Brexit rebels on the spot?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Before every Budget, George Osborne would tell his aides to prepare for it as if it were their last. His…

Critics hated Julie Burchill’s Brexit play. What does that say about them?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a new book out about the sun — the bright thing in the sky, not the newspaper. It…

What Darcy the demented sheepdog taught me about life

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I met the late Darcy ten years ago, and wrote about him. I was 59 and he was 12. I…

How the Irish see Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In February, I spoke at the first ‘Irexit’ public meeting in Dublin, a discussion about options for Ireland in the…

A no-deal Brexit could cripple horse-racing

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Racing is full of risk-takers, not least those who fork out hefty sums to buy yearlings or unraced two-year-olds. Back…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s fury at the EU and Labour’s Brexit chaos

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, held a special cabinet to retrieve something from the wreckage of the Brexit policy…

All by herself: Theresa May and the politics of isolation

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Few people would choose to celebrate their birthday by listening to Philip Hammond speak, but that is the pleasure that…

The minister for spinning plates: David Lidington interview

29 September 2018 9:00 am

David Lidington is the most powerful minister you’ve never heard of. He is Theresa May’s de facto deputy, tasked with…

Tesco’s new Brexit supermarket doesn’t stack up

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Supermarkets have always moved with the times. After the recession we wanted affordable luxury, so we got M&S’s ‘Dine in…

Portrait of the Week: Brexitry, Jaguar and the Lib-Dems’ non-leader

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Britain was overwhelmed by Brexitry. Before flying off to an EU summit in Salzburg, Theresa May, the Prime Minister,…

Forget hard and soft Brexit – we’re heading for a blind Brexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Brexit won’t be over by 29 March 2019. Britain will legally leave the European Union on that date. But that…

The production line at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull, England. Photo: Getty

Jaguar’s boss isn’t scaremongering. The UK car industry is in big trouble

22 September 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m afraid I think he’s making it up,’ was the retort of Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin on Monday’s Today…

A foretaste of Frexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Moving day. The contents of a hillside shack to be moved four miles to a cave house perched high on…

Why can’t the warring Tories see that a Brexit deal is within grasp?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Loyalty, it used to be said, was the Tories’ secret weapon. No longer. Self-discipline has been discarded — along with…

Portrait of the week: Tories against Brexit, the Salisbury poisoning and Sweden’s election

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, was said to want to throw a lifeline to Theresa May, the…

Must ‘the will of the people’ always be respected?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always respected Alistair Darling and cannot imagine him saying anything ill-considered. But listening to him interviewed last Monday on…

A Canada-style Brexit deal might come back on to the table

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Over the summer, a no-deal Brexit became less likely. Eurosceptic ultras have been forced to be less blasé. The return…

For the love of gin

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I’d missed the train, and the next was due in 45 minutes, so I popped into the nearby salon for…

Is it easier to leave the EU than Norton AntiVirus?

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Leaving Norton, the antivirus software package, is a bit like trying to leave the EU. You may think, once you…

China is winning the new scramble for Africa. Brexit could change that

1 September 2018 9:00 am

On her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, Theresa May finally made a positive case for Brexit. For too…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May goes to Africa, Labour accused of anti-Semitism (again) and John McCain dies

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, flew off to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria accompanied by a trade delegation. In…

Letters: The US sanctions against Venezuela have always been about regime change

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Venezuelan sanctions Sir: Contrary to the impression given by Jason Mitchell, Venezuela does not have a socialist economy (‘Maduro’s madness’,…

The people vs Brexit: a very elite insurgency

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The very best impressionists do not simply mimic the mannerisms, speech patterns and facial expressions of their targets — they…