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5 things about this week (18 July 2019)

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2019

Embed from Getty Images BORISIBLE It didn’t help her bludgeon her Withdrawal Agreement through parliament, but Theresa May’s refrain — “It’s my deal, no deal, or no Brexit” — was a fair summary of the Hobson’s choice still facing the (…)

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5 things about this week (25 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2019

Embed from Getty Images I had thought the most depressing thing about this week would be the near-inevitability of Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister. A man who failed disastrously as foreign secretary — of whom his old boss at the (…)

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5 things about this week (17 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 17, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Rory Stewart is the undisputed breakout star of the Conservative party leadership election. What started out, seemingly, as a quixotic tourist excursion into the Westminster souk – with his random Rory Walks filmed for Twitter – (…)

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5 things about this week (8 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2019

Embed from Getty Images So it’s going to be Boris Johnson, then. That’s more of a comment than a question. His momentum in the race to succeed Theresa May appears unstoppable. Pundits mostly caveat that with a “unless he makes (…)

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5 things about this week (11 April 2019)

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2019

Is this the way Brexit ends, not with a bang, but a whimper? Last night the EU27 agreed to the UK’s plaintive request for another extension to Article 50, deferring our departure for the second time, this time by six (…)

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5 things about this week (2 April 2019)

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Since I last wrote, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pre-announced her resignation to the Conservative parliamentary party in a last-ditch, desperate effort to win enough votes for Brexit deal. Ordinarily, that news alone would dominate (…)

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5 things about this week (21 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Until last night, I was a supporter of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. As I wrote last week: For all its many flaws, and it’s certainly a marked trade-down on our exceptionally good deal as an EU (…)

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5 things about this week (14 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Even by Brexit’s crazy standards, that was a roller-coaster of a week. It started with Theresa May speeding to Strasbourg in a desperate attempt to maintain the fiction there had been genuine concessions from the European (…)

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5 things about this week (5 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2019

We’ve all had a week off Brexit, courtesy the scuttle-diplomacy of Theresa May and her attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, who are both doing their best to look busy in the hope that their blatant attempts to run down the clock (…)

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5 things about this week (15 Feb 2019)

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2019

So we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit. That, at any rate, is the mood music this week from well-informed observers like ITV’s Robert Peston and Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh. Waugh’s account is particularly eye-catching for its claim that Theresa May’s (…)

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