EU

The elites will never let us peasants fully revolt

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Peasants’ Revolts tend not to work out too well in this country, for the peasants. I suppose that is why…

History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop

10 November 2018 9:00 am

We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit…

Is Emmanuel Macron having a meltdown?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Emmanuel Macron was elated when France won the World Cup in July. The photograph of him leaping out of his…

Divide and rule: how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The story of Britain and Ireland’s relationship has, all too often, been one of mutual incomprehension: 1066 and All That…

A Greek tragedy: how the EU is destroying a country

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Now Greece can finally turn the page in a crisis that has lasted too long. The worst is over.’ With…

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…

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…

‘A Voluptuary under the horrors of Digestion’, 1792, by James Gillray

From ancient Egyptian smut to dissent-by-currency: I object at the British Museum reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,’…

Now May’s talking tough over Brexit, we might actually get somewhere

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May declared that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ she has seemed to be drifting…

May’s Brexit plan has failed. She needs a new one – and fast

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Handling Brexit was never going to be easy for Theresa May, given that the Tories have been fighting a civil…

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Brexit is in chaos. It’s time to delay it – then stop it

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Omissions can be as instructive as inclusions. I noted a curious example in a column Nick Timothy wrote last month…

Jean-Claude drunker

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The atmosphere in Brussels has become, of late, reminiscent of the late Brezhnev era. We have a political system run…

The EU is sending migrants home – into the hands of people smugglers

21 July 2018 9:00 am

What to do about illegal migration from Africa into Europe? The EU’s repatriation programme seems at first like a great…

Why did Theresa May ‘clear’ the EU deal with Merkel before consulting her colleagues?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

This is Brexit in name only to keep the plebs happy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

My wife has decided she likes Dominic Raab, the latest poor sap to be despatched from a hamstrung, spasticated government…

Becoming German has helped me understand Brexit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In the end, after all the waiting, the document didn’t look like much — a sheet of A4 paper adorned…

It’s time for the EU to change its ways (Photo: Getty)

The EU should go the way of the British Empire

2 June 2018 9:00 am

To understand how the European Union works, and how it doesn’t, it helps to think of it as an empire.…

Bernard-Henri Lévy: ‘Brexit will not happen’

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I meet Bernard-Henri Lévy in a colossally luxurious hotel on a tree-lined avenue just behind the Elysée Palace. The French…

The Irish border is the EU’s problem, not ours

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

Paul Mason: In a parallel universe, Cameron is delivering Brexit

10 March 2018 9:00 am

At the BBC early doors for the Today programme, to preview Corbyn’s speech advocating membership of a customs union. I…

Back off, Barnier – you don’t need to invent obstacles to Brexit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s an unwritten law governing Boris Johnson in Westminster: every-thing he says or does is a gaffe, or can be…

17 reasons why we should love Brexit

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘But what are you going to do with the powers?’ the minister asked, while I negotiated devolution of powers to…

Brexit suggests we’re on the right side of history

16 December 2017 9:00 am

How nice it would be, in this season of good cheer, to find something hopeful to say. Being a historian,…

The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…