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  • 24 May 2019

    After Theresa May – what next?

    It was a tearful farewell from a Prime Minster who kept her emotions tightly in check throughout her premiership. She also made an impassioned plea for compromise on Brexit, speaking in front of Downing Street, a spot she’s made some pretty uncompromising noises from in her time.

  • 13 May 2019

    Brexit logjam

    There’s no shortage of bills that need to get through Parliament. They’re all stacked up. And they’re all Brexit.

  • 7 May 2019

    The government has finally confirmed that the European elections cannot be avoided. The UK will vote to send 73 MEPs back to the European Parliament in just over two weeks’ time. The government now hopes those MEPs will be out of a job after just a couple of months if a Brexit deal can be…

  • 23 Apr 2019

    Theresa May could face another challenge to her leadership this summer if senior Conservative backbench MPs change the party’s rules at a meeting tonight.

  • 17 Apr 2019

     Parents who have lost children to knife crime, bereaved family members and campaigners gathered in Whitehall today for a march they called ‘Operation Shutdown’ – demanding that the government take more action over the recent surge in violence.

  • 4 Apr 2019

    A water leak brought the House of Commons to an early close this afternoon. But at the other end of Parliament, the House of Lords is set to sit far into the night as pro Brexit Lords attempt to hold up progress on a bill that would force the Government to delay Brexit. A cross party group of…

  • 19 Feb 2019

    Theresa May puts her chips on Cox

    The Malthouse Compromise was dismissed as a runner by Michel Barnier in talks with the Brexit Secretary last night. The EU always thought it was putting too much faith in technology solutions to the border issue in Northern Ireland and took a pick ‘n mix approach to the painstakingly crafted Withdrawal Agreement. Fine, they say,…

  • 4 Feb 2019

    In Brussels and in Westminster the search for a solution to the Brexit impasse goes on. Today MPs from the cross-party Brexit committee met one of the EU’s most powerful officials – hoping to find out if Europe would make any legally binding assurances on the Northern Ireland backstop. The backstop was also on the…

  • 4 Feb 2019

    Brexit: A Tale of Two Meetings

    The ERG are recently out of a meeting in Whitehall with officials and the Brexit Secretary claiming it was all very constructive.

  • 30 Jan 2019

    We spoke to two former Whitehall insiders about how the Brexit negotiations have been handled by Britain’s politicians and civil servants – Jonathan Powell and Jill Rutter.

  • 17 Jan 2019

    Brexit: Cross party – but not all party – talks

    One of the many to have sat in front of the PM in the last few hours says you had a sense that she was deeply conflicted. On one side of her was her Chief Whip, Julian Smith, a man who hasn’t entirely given up on putting back the Tory Party back together again and winning…

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Senior Cabinet ministers have been summoned, a draft Brexit deal with the EU is on the table, but the real work is only just beginning – selling it to the Cabinet, parliament, if not the country at large.

  • 6 Nov 2018

    There had been plans for today’s Cabinet to be the one that signed off the Brexit deal and there are signs (see earlier blog) that the decisive Cabinet might not be far off. So, for your interest, here’s are some proposals drafted by a Comms official in Whitehall on how the plan, if and when it lands, should be sold.…

  • 9 Oct 2018

    Cabinet eve of summit Brexit talks

    There was little talk of Brexit at today’s Cabinet beyond the Prime Minister outlining the timetable ahead. But ministers were told they should diary a full Cabinet discussion on Brexit for a week today, the day before Theresa oMay attends the European Council in Brussels to discuss the emerging plans. Mrs May will be hoping that next week’s Cabinet…

  • 4 Oct 2018

    The main public spending watchdogs say the government is still cutting the money it gives to councils. And figures from the Treasury suggest real-terms reductions in councils’ overall spending power will continue until 2020.