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  • 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.

  • 25 Sep 2018

    Theresa May doggedly works through the Brexit puzzle

    On flights, aides say, she occasionally relaxes with Sudoku puzzles. While some of her colleagues in the Tory Party come with broad approaches, ideologies in some cases, Theresa May doggedly works through the puzzle.

  • 20 Sep 2018

    May ambushed by Salzburg setback

    This was a summit that was supposed to make life easier for Theresa May. The EU would signal things were moving in the right direction, a timely boost ahead of Tory Conference. A November summit deadline would be announced (plenty of officials had the week of November 12 in their diaries). A roll-out of hard…

  • 5 Sep 2018

    Salisbury poisoning: what can the Government do to punish Russia?

    Today’s forensic exposure of how GRU agents carried out the Salisbury poisoning is part of the Government’s attempt to hit back at the Russian state.

  • 4 Sep 2018

    Brexit: Chequers deal, where next?

    As parliament returns today, Theresa May has united the warring wings of her party over Brexit. Tory MPs from the pro-Remain and pro-Brexit wings of the party now seem agreed that the Chequers plan the prime minister unveiled in July is dead.

  • 24 Jul 2018

    Theresa May has confirmed she’s taking personal charge of the Brexit negotiations with the EU, with her newly-appointed Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab serving as deputy. Mr Raab dismissed Labour claims he’d been sidelined, describing it as a “shifting of the Whitehall deckchairs”. The government has left it until the very last moments of the parliamentary…

  • 14 Jul 2018

    While there was a massive and peaceful demo in London yesterday, the streets of central London were cordoned off for a rather different event today. Supporters of President Trump joined supporters of the jailed former English Defence League Leader Tommy Robinson for a march and rally on Whitehall – overseen by a huge police operation.