UK politics

Boris Johnson’s frosty reception in Luxembourg

17 September 2019 2:00 am

Is Boris Johnson approaching a Brexit breakthrough? That’s the question being asked among Conservative MPs after there appeared to be…

Lib Dems are the real Brexit extremists

16 September 2019 10:04 pm

The Lib Dems are now the most extremist party in the UK. They might not look like extremists, being made…

Why the UK hasn’t presented any specific, backstop proposal to the EU

14 September 2019 7:37 pm

The EU side regularly points out that the UK government hasn’t presented any detailed proposals on what it wants to…

How much collateral damage can the Tory party take?

9 September 2019 10:00 pm

Amber Rudd’s resignation has clearly been a blow to the government, but it wasn’t a huge surprise that she went…

Amber Rudd quits Cabinet – and the Tory party

8 September 2019 6:17 am

Amber Rudd has quit the Cabinet and resigned the Tory whip. Rudd’s departure deepens the split in the Tory party…

Tories pushing for Boris Johnson v Jeremy Corbyn TV debates

7 September 2019 7:50 pm

Boris Johnson’s best route to a majority is turning the election into a question of whether you want him or…

Boris Johnson’s path to an early election

6 September 2019 3:32 am

Although Downing Street has heralded today the ‘first day of the election campaign’, Boris Johnson is yet to be able…

Boris Johnson denied election request – but snap poll remains likely

5 September 2019 6:42 am

Boris Johnson has lost his third government vote – and his first bid for an early election. MPs voted against…

Boris Johnson will get an election in October, eventually

5 September 2019 5:17 am

Labour’s split over the timing of any election has deepened this evening. In an interview with Andrew Neil, John Healey…

Ex-Tory rebels threaten to stand as Conservatives in election

5 September 2019 3:32 am

Rebel ex-Tory MPs are complaining of ‘unconstitutional’ treatment by their party and are planning to stand at the next election…

Corbyn, not Boris, was the real loser last night

4 September 2019 7:45 pm

The Remainers are celebrating after last tonight’s defeat of the government and writing Boris off as a busted flush. ‘Johnson’s…

Tories lose vote – Boris Johnson looks to early election

4 September 2019 8:09 am

Boris Johnson tonight suffered his first government defeat in his first Commons vote since becoming Prime Minister. Tory rebels joined forces…

Election on 14 October if government loses no-deal vote

3 September 2019 4:30 am

There will be a general election on 14 October if MPs defeat the government tomorrow on no-deal Brexit legislation. Number…

Will Labour MPs really back a general election?

3 September 2019 1:09 am

There’s an assumption in Westminster that the Labour Party would have to back a snap general election if Boris Johnson…

Tory MPs who vote for the extension legislation will be barred from standing for the party at the next election

31 August 2019 7:34 pm

Parliament returns on Tuesday and it is expected that anti no-deal MPs will – with John Bercow’s help – quickly…

Boris Johnson’s Parliament shutdown isn’t unconstitutional

31 August 2019 12:27 am

Has Boris Johnson done a Charles I and shut down Parliament indefinitely? The headlines this week might lead you to…

How Boris Johnson boxed his Brexit opponents in

30 August 2019 5:19 pm

As a Leave voter, it is satisfying to watch Boris’s Johnson’s bold Brexit plan unfold. The predictable backlash to it…

What will the Tory and Labour election campaigns look like?

30 August 2019 5:03 am

We know that the Conservatives are gearing up for an election in the next few months. Their official line is…

The rage against Boris

29 August 2019 11:04 pm

This morning, a petition demanding ‘Do not prorogue Parliament’ is doing the rounds. At the time of writing, more than…

It’s time for Boris Johnson’s opponents to decide what they want

29 August 2019 9:16 pm

Boris Johnson sees method in and admires some of Trump’s apparent madness: not the ‘send them home’ abusive chants about ethnic…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy gives MPs a simple choice

29 August 2019 1:07 am

Talking to various figures in Government today, it is clear that Boris Johnson’s team want the choice for MPs to…

Will the no-deal opponents finally get their act together?

28 August 2019 10:07 pm

So what now for the opponents of no deal? Boris Johnson has dramatically called their bluff, and as Mr Steerpike…

Johnson confirms he will prorogue parliament

28 August 2019 7:43 pm

Downing Street has just confirmed that the Prime Minister will be asking the Queen to prorogue parliament ahead of a…

Is the Chancellor’s cancelled speech another sign an early election is looming?

28 August 2019 1:11 am

Sajid Javid has this afternoon cancelled a speech he was due to give tomorrow, and brought forward the one-year spending…

Europe’s politicians should be terrified of a no-deal Brexit

27 August 2019 8:03 pm

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to use ‘all tactics available’ to block a no-deal Brexit. The Labour leader is meeting MPs…