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Coronavirus has exposed the EU’s greatest flaw

12 July 2020 4:00 pm

Politics begins and ends with sovereignty: the duty and right to make the legitimate final decision. We have seen this…

Some 80 per cent of Poles say they want to stay in the European Union

The European Union may never have its ‘Hamilton moment’

13 June 2020 4:45 pm

The European Union has always been quintessentially risk averse. What a surprise therefore to see it jeopardising its very existence…

Inside the final act of the Brexit drama

3 June 2020 7:51 pm

The fourth round of official Brexit negotiations resumed on Tuesday, screen-to-screen. They will determine whether the stalemate can be broken…

The German Courts have just made Brexit talks easier

31 May 2020 12:52 am

The old division of leaver and remainer will not serve the best interests of the country as we go forward.…

Britain should demand a level playing field from the EU

26 May 2020 10:04 pm

It will receive €9 billion (£8 billion) in free money from the government. It will be protected from any threat…

Covid-19 shows us that virtue trumps freedom

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Look at it this way: we’re all doing Desert Island Discs nowadays, and unless you’ve got the bug, it’s a…

The West is failing to rise to the challenge of coronavirus

26 March 2020 11:43 pm

Having apparently shaken off the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine is now in…

Revealed: Michel Barnier and France's Brexit stitch-up

14 March 2020 8:01 pm

The glaring difference between the EU and British negotiating goals has been brought into plain sight. In readiness for the…

The EU is in trouble and Ursula Von der Leyen is the wrong person to rescue it

18 February 2020 5:41 pm

Ursula von der Leyen was an unloved choice to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission.…

Don’t expect the EU to learn any lessons from Brexit

15 February 2020 6:30 pm

I have enjoyed my first fortnight back as a civilian after my temporary stint as an MEP. Along with other…

My friend Margaret Thatcher

14 December 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this it will all be over, but will it? I’ve had a bad feeling all…

A Brexit deal will completely change the electoral landscape

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Expect the unexpected has been the rule in British politics these last few years. But even so, few would have…

Is a deal really possible?

12 October 2019 8:40 pm

It is one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent political history. On Wednesday afternoon, the Brexit talks seemed pretty…

Should I return to the land of my Italian ancestors?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was growing up, my Italian grandfather was my favourite person. He taught me to play a mean game…

I’m sorry because I failed: An interview with David Cameron

21 September 2019 9:00 am

‘How have you been?’ David Cameron asks, bounding up to meet me. Fine, I say, then make the mistake of…

How it feels to be the only Brexiteers in the village

7 September 2019 9:00 am

We are the only Brexiteers in the village. That, at least, is how it feels. Out they come, the far…

The EU has banned a miracle cure for laminitis

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Once upon a time, in a country that didn’t run itself, a horse supplement company invented a cure for laminitis.…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 8:38 pm

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

Right from wrong: a guide to the new European politics

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Italy is preparing to go back to the polls and this time Matteo Salvini looks set to return as the…

A lament for the UK and the US

11 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   Here’s a question for you: if your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, toy boy even, lied repeatedly to…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

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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…

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My advice to Leavers: go for a second referendum – you might just win

13 April 2019 9:00 am

My first encounter with a plan to hold not one but two referendums on Britain’s European Union membership happened more…

The builder boyfriend and I have left the EU – and it’s great

6 April 2019 9:00 am

After all that waiting and arguing, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed leaving the EU. The builder boyfriend and I…

As an ex-Brexit minister I can tell you – May’s ‘plan’ was built on sand

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Management books often repeat the dictum: ‘If there’s one thing worse than making mistakes, it’s not learning from them.’ So…