24 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK TIME FOR REALITY: We have always thought that Brexit would remain uncertain to the last possible second and we weren’t wrong about that. Now, though, the participants are waking from their slumbers as the courtiers did when the prince kissed Sleeping Beauty. For a start, there are
17 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: Mrs May’s deal has been rejected by a majority of 230 votes in the House of Commons. That leaves her with three days to come up with a proposal. See comment article. Meanwhile the Government has survived a no confidence motion with a majority of 19.
10 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: The year got off to a confusing start with 22 Tory MPs voting to restrict the Treasury’s power to prepare for a no deal exit. Michael Fallon and Oliver Letwin were among the rebels, politicians who regard a no-deal exit as something which should be avoided
20 December 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: So there we have it. The cabinet is dusting down its no deal plans and all parties are rejecting the idea that an exit without an agreement could be softened by practical measures. Does that mean that everyone is coming to the conclusion that the hardest
13 December 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: It has been a busy week in politics. First out of the blocks was the European Court of Justice with its ruling on Monday that Britain can unilaterally withdraw its article 50 notice and remain in the EU. No surprise there as the Court followed the
6 December 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: The forced disclosure of the government’s legal advice on the withdrawal agreement has dominated the first two days of the five-day Brexit debate. The advice makes it clear that once we have signed the Withdrawal Agreement it becomes impossible to escape from the back stop arrangements
29 November 2018 Lens on the Week UK TOUGH NUMBERS: Maths is back at the centre of the Brexit debate at three levels. The first is the forecasts of how the various options will affect the economy. Treasury figures point to an 8% shrinkage on a no deal exit, with house prices dropping 30% and
22 November 2018 Lens on the Week UK GOVERNMENT: As Mrs May carries on courageously the forces besieging her government move closer to the walls. Her allies in the DUP regard the draft withdrawal Agreement as unacceptable because the backstop arrangement would impose EU standards on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the
15 November 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: The deal announced yesterday between the Government and the EU regarding Brexit was being denounced by the various political factions before they had had a chance to read it. At the moment the draft is only available to members of the Cabinet so we will have
8 November 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: According to “1066 and All That”, faced with the problem of what to do about James II “the people lost control of themselves altogether and, lighting an enormous number of candles, declared that the answer was an Orange.” This time the answer will be a fudge.