• 15 Dec 2017

    As the European Council ended, there was snippy language from some EU27 leaders about the need for the UK Government to get on with making its mind up about where it wants to go with the future relationship with the EU post-Brexit. But there was also guidance that the EU is ready to start exploratory…

  • 14 Dec 2017

    Ken Clarke, one of the rebel Conservative MPs, and Jonathan Isaby, the editor of the eurosceptic website Brexit Central, debate the developments of the Brexit bill.

  • 14 Dec 2017

    Despite her first parliamentary defeat last night, Theresa May insisted today that her government is still on course to deliver Brexit. Tonight she is in Brussels having dinner with EU leaders. Tomorrow they are due to declare that negotiations can move on to stage two and begin discussion on our future trading arrangements. But will…

  • 7 Dec 2017

    The EU has set a new deadline. And now, with the clock ticking down to Sunday, there are frantic efforts behind the scenes to agree a form of words satisfactory to all parties in the Brexit negotiations.

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Henry Newman, director of the Open Europe think tank and a former adviser to the leading Brexiteer Michael Gove, and Labour MP Alison McGovern discuss Brexit.

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Britain’s Brexit bill could be double the amount that Theresa May offered the EU in September. The critical cabinet committee in charge of making the decision has just finished meeting in Downing Street. The EU says without that promise of extra money, the talks won’t move on to the future trading relationship, and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has also warned Britain…

  • 15 Nov 2017

    Italy’s Finance Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, is asked what he makes of one of today’s front pages, parading what it called the UK’s “Brexit mutineers”.

  • 10 Nov 2017

    Lord Kerr, the former diplomat who helped draft Article 50, discusses Brexit.  

  • 10 Nov 2017

    So there’s now an exact time and date for the UK’s exit from the EU.  And the Prime Minister says she won’t “tolerate” any attempt to block it. But Lord Kerr, the former diplomat who helped draft Article 50, says the withdrawal process is not irreversible. In Brussels, where the sixth round of talks have been taking place, the EU’s chief…

  • 19 Oct 2017

    Joining us from Brussels is the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan to debate the issue of EU citizens in the UK.

  • 19 Oct 2017

    Theresa May tried to thaw relations with EU leaders was to write an open message on social media today to EU citizens in the UK, all 3.2 million of them.  

  • 19 Oct 2017

    EU summit dinner: rogue states on the menu

    There’s a bit of diplomatic Jenga going on at this summit. Angela Merkel and others want to extract money, tens of billions of it, from the UK, ideally without toppling Theresa May. So you see tough language from Mark Rutte, head of the newly formed government in the Netherlands, a traditional British ally, spelling out…

  • 18 Oct 2017

    Tomorrow Theresa May sets off for her second trip in a week to Brussels, where she will address EU leaders on Brexit. In the Commons today she insisted the option of walking away without a deal must remain on the table. But her visit comes as her government’s EU withdrawal bill, which transfers EU legislation…

  • 9 Oct 2017

    There has been significant push-back on several fronts against Catalonia’s moves towards independence. Yesterday hundreds of thousands of demonstrators descended on Barcelona. Today more businesses announced that they would shift their headquarters outside Catalonia if the region broke away, and France declared that it would move to expel an independent Catalonia from the EU. All…

  • 22 Sep 2017

    May’s EU transition plan quite a pill for some voters to swallow

    Theresa May has spelt out that Britain is formally requesting a status quo transition period of around two years and is willing to pay for that. It will mean just about nothing will change in terms of relations with the EU until five years after the referendum. That’s quite a pill for some voters to…