It’s time for some statesmanship from Leo Varadkar

3 Oct

The path to a negotiated Brexit deal is now broadly dependent on the statesmanship of one man. The Prime Minister’s letter to the EU with a new Brexit offer has landed well in the UK with the support of the DUP, the ERG, Remain-supporting Tories, an important number of Labour MPs, even possibly some Liberal […]

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Barr’s Irn Bru and Farage’s Secret Recipe

3 Oct

HEDGE FUNDS AND SHORT-SELLING THE ECONOMY THE London Stock Exchange happily provides an online list – updated daily – of which hedge funds and other financial pirates are busy shorting the shares of which companies. Hedge funds are big supporters of Br…

At DExEU I saw the May Government agree to Brexit in name only – now we must free ourselves from the EU’s shackles

3 Oct

I worked for two years as a civil servant at the Department for Exiting the European Union. I cannot fault the staff I worked with, who represent the very best and brightest that the British Civil Service has to offer. DExEU felt more like a start-up business than a lumbering ministry of state: it was […]

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Does Boris Prefer Breast or Thigh?

3 Oct

Stanley Johnson cracked up and terminated a BBC interview at Tory conference yesterday after realising his indelicate choice of words regarding Christmas Dinner. Classic politician avoiding the question…
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Boris Kisses Another Blonde

3 Oct

Boris has uncharacteristically been pictured kissing a blonde. Except this time it was by accident – with Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom moving the same way as the PM in an attempted cheek kiss. He certainly has a type…
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Aontú: Their impact on Sinn Féin and the SDLP

3 Oct

Aontú have so far secured four council seats (albeit temporarily and not concurrently) in the North since they were founded in January 2019: two people from the SDLP gene pool and two from the Sinn Féin gene pool. Before the local government election, sitting councillors Fergal Lennon (Sinn Féin – Craigavon) and Rosemarie Shields (SDLP – Mid Tyrone) left their parties and joined Aontú. Neither of these two candidates were successful in that election and the sole elected Aontú councillor … Read more

Lib Dem London Selection Mess

3 Oct

As Guido reported back in September, the Lib Dems have now confirmed former fund manager Nicola Horlick as their candidate for Chelsea and Fulham. Local Tory incumbent Greg Hands is already having fun with the news on Twitter, pointing to an article Horlick wrote saying vote for Corbyn and calling for a Hung Parliament. Despite […]

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Would latest Brexit proposal see Northern Ireland trapped in a never-ending Brexit debate? 

3 Oct

So where are we with Brexit? Well, pretty much where we’ve been all along: firmly in the no-deal territory.  That’s not to suggest we will end up without a deal, just that the circle that is trying to be squared is tough to impossible to do without pissing someone off. The circle that needs squaring arises because the present British administration (like the one which it replaced and any that might replace it) wants out of the customs union. Mrs … Read more

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57 Channels And Nothing On

3 Oct

Yeah, we know we haven’t had a post up in days. What is there to say? The news is nothing but repeats. Anyone got any questions? Know any good jokes?

Vice President of EU Parliament Tried to Critique Boris’ Deal Without Having Read It

3 Oct

Iain Dale tore apart the Vice President of the EU Parliament last night, who tried to criticise Boris Johnson’s new deal without having read his letter setting out the details. Virtually anonymous EU politicians are very rarely subjected to this kind of scrutiny, and Dale batted away Heidi Hautala’s waffle with facts. In the extraordinary […]

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Boris Johnson sells his new Brexit offer to MPs – full text of his Commons statement

3 Oct

Below is the text of the statement Boris Johnson has just delivered to MPs on his final Brexit offer to the EU. With permission, Mr Speaker, I shall make a statement on the government’s proposals for a new agreement with our European friends that would honour the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit on […]

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Brexit is a chance to observe constitutional evolution in real time

3 Oct

To some, the UK’s unwritten constitution is an invitation to abuse, and Brexit has put it under strain. But Philip Allott (University of Cambridge) argues that its ability to evolve over centuries is a source of strength, and means that violent constitutional change is not necessary. Three things can be said of all human societies, from the family to the […]