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19 June 2018

Michel Barnier has set out the EU’s red lines in the Brexit negotiations on future policing and judicial arrangements, complaining of British intransigence. But his own position is just as inflexible, and the two sides are worryingly far apart, says Tim Durrant.

18 June 2018

Gemma Tetlow argues that separating news of spending largesse from any serious attempt to explain where the money will come from makes it harder to make the case for necessary tax rises – or looser fiscal targets.

18 June 2018

The Government’s plan for a 3.4% increase in NHS spending is welcome as far as it goes but we need more detail, says Nicholas Timmins

15 June 2018

The pitched battle over the ‘meaningful vote’ amendment is a battle between two Conservative factions to get the Brexit they want without risking a general election, argues Jill Rutter.

15 June 2018

On Monday the House of Lords will consider the Commons’ verdict on the amendments it made to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Maddy Thimont Jack says that this will inevitably lead to a second showdown on a ‘meaningful vote’ in the Commons later in the week.

15 June 2018

Theresa May will reportedly announce a funding boost for the NHS next week. Nick Davies argues that the Government must answer three questions if it is to put the health system on a sustainable financial footing.

15 June 2018

Even by the standards of previous National Audit Office (NAO) reports on major projects that have gone awry, today’s report on Universal Credit makes grim reading, says Nicholas Timmins.

14 June 2018

New civil service staff numbers show increases at the Prison and Probation Service, and spending on Brexit staff continuing to grow, says Gavin Freeguard.

08 June 2018

The EU Withdrawal Bill faces 12 hours of MP debates next week. Maddy Thimont Jack argues that the ‘meaningful vote’ amendment is where the Government may face its most significant defeat.

07 June 2018

The UK’s ‘backstop’ for the Irish border, its version of the insurance policy if every other option fails, contains a vague time limit. While it may initially seem like a victory for the Brexiteers, it leaves three big issues outstanding, argues Tim Durrant.

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