UK

Why the new Anglo-Swedish pact matters

11 May 2022 12:55 am

Boris Johnson will arrive in Stockholm tomorrow to sign a defence agreement with Sweden to tide the country over until it…

Miss Brexit? Another bust-up is looming

29 April 2022 1:52 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

David Frost's solution to cool UK-EU relations

16 March 2022 5:40 am

Since David Frost quit the government in December over its political direction, he has not said that much about the…

No, Scottish independence is not like the war in Ukraine

2 March 2022 8:43 am

Perhaps it’s the absence of any oppression of their own country that compels Scottish nationalists to latch onto the oppression…

Aukus is a disaster for the EU

18 September 2021 10:05 am

It is hard to overstate the importance of the so-called Aukus alliance between the US, the UK and Australia —…

What will happen to those left in Kabul?

26 August 2021 3:43 pm

The Afghan evacuation is feared to be entering its final hours, and with it a new desperation is building among…

The sausage war ceasefire is a good sign for UK-EU relations

30 June 2021 8:55 pm

The sausage dispute between the UK and the EU may sound like something out of Yes Minister but it is…

HMS Defender: What's behind the Navy's Russian incident?

24 June 2021 12:25 am

Assuming that reports are accurate, the world has just witnessed the most serious escalation between the UK and Russia since the…

The protocol may be Boris's greatest masterstroke

16 June 2021 4:52 pm

The jibes thrown at Boris Johnson over his unhappiness with the Northern Ireland protocol — based on the obvious observation…

The political advantages of the UK-Australia trade deal

16 June 2021 8:50 am

The UK government has agreed its first bespoke trade deal since leaving the EU. After Boris Johnson met with Australian…

France needs Britain more than ever

12 May 2021 3:37 pm

‘What is grave about this situation, Messieurs, is that it is not serious’, was how General de Gaulle addressed his…

Hancock launches his quarantine crackdown

10 February 2021 1:34 am

The search for the right balance on border policy continues, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced this afternoon a host…

One year after Brexit, Britain is reaping the benefits of independence

1 February 2021 1:35 am

A year ago today Britain awoke to a rather muted celebration – which seemed to consist largely of a bubble…

The EU's vaccine opportunism will not be forgotten

30 January 2021 8:03 am

At first, it sounded like empty rage. The European Union had spent all week making wild statements about controlling vaccine…

The case Brexiteers should make for Brexit

19 December 2020 8:00 pm

Why are Brexiteers rubbish at making the economic case for Brexit? On a whole range of things from three pin…

The vaccine goalposts have shifted

8 September 2020 3:42 am

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock provided a vaccine update this morning London time, reporting that the chances of the Oxford…

Has France been naive in its handling of Huawei?

25 July 2020 6:00 pm

The controversy over the UK’s use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network has not abated, despite the government’s announcement…

It’s not all good news on Huawei

15 July 2020 2:49 am

As with any mobile phone deal, the devil is in the small print – and that perhaps is the case…

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…

Does lockdown really decrease Covid deaths?

6 May 2020 9:41 pm

It has become clear that a hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes –…

Did Australia's China-scepticism prepare it for Covid-19?

23 April 2020 9:48 pm

As Britain struggles through the eye of the coronavirus storm, it is difficult not to cast our eyes across the…

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…

This £50 billion EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

2 December 2017 9:00 am

A  ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

Letters

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Meeting halfway Sir: If our Brexit negotiator David Davis has not read Robert Tombs’s wonderful article ‘Lost in translation’ (21…

Spectator letters: the answers Amber Rudd didn’t have

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Amber warning Sir: James Forsyth’s interview with Amber Rudd (‘The Amber Express’, 19 March) was very revealing, but also slightly…