• 18 Oct 2018

    Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds paying for British MPs to visit the country. FactCheck found that at least 33 MPs have been on Saudi-funded trips to the Kingdom, since its troops entered Yemen in 2015. On most occasions, all expenses were covered.

  • 18 Oct 2018

    Transition extension: why, and will it work?

    The possible extension of the transition period opened up today in Brexit discussions signals the start of a massive, new, lengthy workstream.

  • 16 Oct 2018

    Cabinet’s ‘frank’ Brexit talks

    Virtually everyone in Cabinet spoke about the stalled Brexit deal today, which helps to explain the long duration. At the heart of much of the discussion, “exhaustively aired” according to one who was in the room, was the issue of the UK-wide Customs Union backstop. Minister after minister conveyed the need to have either a break clause…

  • 15 Oct 2018

    Brexit: Is December now the new deadline?

    Leo Varadkar has just told press he always thought talk of a deal now was a bit optimistic and said “November/December is probably the best opportunity for a deal.”

  • 11 Oct 2018

    Did the Brexit deal just get paused?

    In a strange echo of when the DUP stalled Theresa May’s last attempt at a breakthrough in Brussels in December of last year, it sounds like the Northern Ireland party might have done the same thing all over again. UTV’s Ken Reid has been told by no less a source than the Prime Minister herself that…

  • 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.

  • 26 Sep 2018

    What’s behind Corbyn’s Brexit offer?

    The Labour leadership decided it had to do a bit of a tactical shift in language to calm down very angry MPs from the North of England with pro-Brexit voting constituencies.

  • 23 Sep 2018

    The Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will back a second referendum on the Eu if that’s what his party decide at the Labour party conference. He spoke out after a survey revealed that 86 percent of Labour members would back another Brexit vote. But it’s far from guaranteed that a firm policy on…

  • 22 Sep 2018

    The politicians are planning a ‘major betrayal’ of those who voted for Brexit. That’s why Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, says he’s back on the road with a new Brexit Battle Bus. Today the bus pulled up in Bolton and alongside Mr Farage were the former Brexit secretary David Davis and Labour’s Kate Hoey.…

  • 20 Sep 2018

    Michel Barnier has gone into the conference centre in Salzburg to brief EU leaders on how the Brexit talks are going. Mrs May is leaving for this section of the summit. She will be hoping, in her absence, that Mr Barnier gets some push-back from countries that lean closer to the UK position. The Dutch…

  • 7 Sep 2018

    Some of the points being raised by official Russian spokesmen are theories that have already been debunked.

  • 4 Sep 2018

    Barnier on Chequers Deal: ‘Out of the question’

    “Hors de question” was the phrase used by Michel Barnier yesterday when asked by MPs what his view was on the Single Market goods/services split proposed in the Chequers deal. “He couldn’t have been more emphatic,” one MP at the Brussels meeting said. 

  • 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.

  • 29 Aug 2018

    My latest guest on the Ways to Change the World podcast is actor, campaigner and former presenter Jameela Jamil.