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.

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.

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.

01 June 2018

Brexit has prompted the first expansion of the civil service’s workforce for almost a decade, and billions of pounds of additional spending. But Lewis Lloyd says you would hardly know it, judging by the Government’s latest Single Departmental Plans.

30 May 2018

British interests after March 2019 mean we should welcome the chance to take part in negotiations on future EU spending, says Tim Durrant. There may be political risks, but great opportunities too. 

29 May 2018

The Government is using newly-introduced ‘technical directions’ to help deliver Brexit. Benoit Guerin says these directions should not become the norm when it comes to making spending decisions.

15 May 2018

The Scottish Parliament has denied consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Akash Paun argues that the Prime Minister now faces an unpalatable choice: concede defeat or help the SNP make the case for indyref2.

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