After two and a half years, Theresa May’s sole important policy and aim has been dashed to pieces in the Commons. The majority against her is an astonishing 230 in the Commons. The Prime Minister wields no authority or power in the Chamber.
In a turbulent week of Brexit negotiations, Theresa May suffered two defeats in the Commons; two amendments were made which will curb the government’s power. In addition, Corbyn made calls for a General Election in order to ‘break the deadlock’ over Brexit. Ethan explains.
“As another year of political turmoil comes to a close, members of the TalkPolitics team reflect on the standout events of 2018.”
“Currently Tory MPs are putting in their letters of no confidence and others are seriously contemplating doing so too.” George explains the events which followed the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday
“Theresa May’s Chief Brexit Advisor Oliver Robbins has been accused by Tory MPs of monopolising the Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiations and conspiring against Brexiteers in order to achieve a ‘soft-Brexit’ outcome for the United Kingdom and the E.U.” Sam Rhydderch explains.
“Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Philip Hammond repeated this slogan twice at the end of his budget speech today. His aim was to hammer home that there is still a big difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘tax-and-spend’ Labour, and the governing Conservative Party.” Sam Jacobsen analyses Phillip Hammond’s budget.
With just two days to go until a critical European summit in Brussels, Theresa May addressed the House of Commons on the state of Brexit negotiations on Monday. The main focus was the question of the Irish Border after talks between Michael Barnier and Dominic Raab broke down. Matthew explains.
“The Conservative Party Conference set off for a planned three days on Sunday. Looming over this conference has been a battle over what position the government should take in the final months of Brexit negotiations. There have been deep-seated opinions on both sides but it comes down to the membership and the ERG, versus Theresa May and her inner circle.” George Royce gives a day by day analysis of the party conference.
Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, some within political circles and the public are calling for a ‘People’s Vote’. This is essentially a second referendum, although it is not being cast in these terms. Joseph Monk explains.
‘Evidently, the notion of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit is a source of vitriolic debate within the UK; it is alarming to some, but supported by others.’ Lyell explores the meaning of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit.
“Votes of no confidence are rare. When they fail, it weakens the rebels’ position, and even when they are successful, the consequences are not always clear.” Sam Jacobsen explores the complexities of votes of no confidence in the current political climate.
Increasing tension within the Conservative Party has been a significant characteristic of the ongoing Brexit deal, so is it surprising that these boiled over last week?
“Fudging key pieces of legislation – such as the so-called ‘backstop’ on the Irish border - and avoiding other areas (including the EU’s concerns about champagne and Cornish pasties!), the government can tick-off another week on their Brexit calendar as we count down to the UK’s exit in March 2019.” Joseph Perry summarises the last two weeks of Brexit events.
'Whilst the Customs Union itself is no doubt one of the vast number of EU-related terms that most of us knew very little about just two years ago, the Government’s latest announcement that the UK will leave the Union post-Brexit has shed light on the important role that it plays in the everyday lives of millions of Britons.' Euan Stone delves into the Customs Union.
Following Theresa May's Brexit speech, members of the Talk Politics team offer their instant reaction.
"So, is this a case of bureaucratic pencil-pushing or a genuinely ‘major review’ of tertiary education?" Joe Perry deconstructs Theresa May's speech on her plans for reviewing higher education in the UK.
"The Conservatives have presided over some of the most difficult and transformative periods of British history", but how much do you really know about them? Read more here.
The World Economic Forum’s yearly summit in Davos may seem "closer to the finale of a James Bond film than real life", but what happened this year?
Justine Greening stepped down from the government in decline of a new position offered up by Theresa May during her Cabinet re-shuffle last week. What impact did Greening have during her time and what led to her decision to resign from government?