Brexit

Theresa May names date to trigger Brexit under Article 50

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that on 29 March she would send a letter to Donald Tusk, the…

What it really means to cross the Rubicon (Theresa May’s about to do it)

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Last week many commentators drew on the Ides (15th) of March, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BC, to…

Jean-Claude Juncker is now the hardest Brexiter there is

25 March 2017 9:00 am

The best thing about being a Remainer is obviously the dinner parties, where we all sit around being incredibly well-heeled…

What shocks me about the BBC: occasionally it isn’t biased

25 March 2017 9:00 am

There’s one thing that bothers me a lot about the letter sent by ‘more than 70’ MPs to the director-general…

How both Britain and the EU might claim victory in the Brexit talks

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…

Life after No. 10 is not what David Cameron was hoping for

25 March 2017 9:00 am

George Osborne’s new job throws a harsh light on his old boss

A nest of vipers forced into a skirt and cardigan: Imelda Staunton as Martha in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Prejudiced pap for Remainer elitists: Dorfman Theatre's My Country reviewed

25 March 2017 9:00 am

No one should complain that My Country; a work in progress is a grim night out. It’s rare for a…

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

The charms of old Paris – and the naughtiest girl of the 20th century

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

If the Tories can't do a Budget right, how will they handle Brexit?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

After Philip Hammond delivered his Budget last week, he went to speak to a meeting of Conservative backbench MPs. Several…

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts - any mistakes could be fatal

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts, and there is no room for mistakes

Philip Hammond’s budget disaster

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Some Budgets are historic, most are boring and a small number can be remembered as a disaster. After just a few months, Philip…

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

The case against a second Scottish referendum

11 March 2017 9:00 am

On Scottish independence Sir: Alex Massie writes of the order permitting a second Scottish independence referendum: ‘Having granted such an…

Why I doubt the warm words about Vauxhall and Brexit

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Budget week also turned out to be a week of notable deals. PSA, French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, went…

Austerity has turned honest Greeks into criminals

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A lousy fortnight if ever there was one. Two great friends, Lord Belhaven and Stenton and Aleko Goulandris, had their…

Carry on Major: real democrats don't shout down Europhiles

4 March 2017 9:00 am

As Prime Minister, John Major was intolerant of opposition from within the Conservative party over the EU — memorably calling…

Portrait of the week

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Home Sir John Major, the former prime minister, made a speech at Chatham House in which he called the referendum…

A field guide to our doomed liberal elite

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The latest and perhaps most damaging accusation to be levelled at Donald Trump is that he likes his steaks well-done…

London Stock Exchange picked the wrong year for a pan-European merger

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The marriage of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse may not be stone dead but that’s the way to…

From now on, I’ll greet Brexiteers with a grin

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m cheering up about Brexit. The moaning has to stop. Why be downhearted and edgy when you’re confident of your…

The real reason Nigel Farage hates Douglas Carswell

4 March 2017 9:00 am

If the British establishment really wants to troll Ukip, then I suppose it ought to give Douglas Carswell a knighthood…

Theresa May watches the House of Lords debate Brexit

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, sat on the steps of the throne, as a privy counsellor, watching the Lords…

I love Brighton’s rail chaos: it’s the perfect excuse not to go to London

25 February 2017 9:00 am

More than 20 years ago, I left my fast life in London for a rather more relaxed one in Brighton…

Good beer, cheap

The wonder of Wetherspoons

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Of all the stories I’ve heard about the fallout from Brexit — families divided, work jeopardised, friendships ended — the…