The peers versus the people

The government has won the first round in their battle with the Lords to secure authority for triggering the Brexit process by the end of next month as peers gave an unopposed second reading to the Brexit Bill this week. Tensions were high throughout the two-day debate. Lord Mandelson called for a second referendum, sayingRead more

Labour: A party under siege

As an indication of the situation Labour finds itself in, YouGov’s latest poll makes for grim reading. In Wales and the West Midlands, traditionally a Labour heartland, the party is 12 points behind the Conservatives. More broadly, the opposition now sits 24 points behind the government. Labour appears to be a party increasingly under siege.Read more

Wish upon a White Paper

As expected, the Brexit White Paper published today by the government largely mirrors last month’s Lancaster House speech by the Prime Minister. The pre-publication jokes on the White Paper’s expected content, including that it would be a three page red, white and blue document simply stating ‘Brexit means Brexit’, have been proved false. Yet, suchRead more

O Canada (Plus)

With the Prime Minister’s landmark Brexit speech last week, commentators have dedicated a significant amount of time to the future of Britain’s trading relationships. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has indicated that the UK is in discussions with upwards of 12 nations regarding free trade deals. Arguably the most important deal to be stuck willRead more

To Brexit and Beyond

Theresa May’s Brexit speech earlier today is arguably the most important political speech in recent history. Following months of speculation and no-end of advice from businesses, lobby groups and commentators, the PM has set out the government’s objectives for the UK’s negotiations regarding its withdrawal from the EU. Given the extensive pre-briefing to the media,Read more

State of the Parties

With eyes fixed beyond the UK’s borders, on the impending Donald Trump presidency and on the UK’s negotiations with Europe, it’s easy to forget that the political parties at home are facing a challenging time, not least in terms of defining their offer to a frustrated and increasingly anti-establishment electorate. As we embark on anotherRead more