2016 in review: Britain rejects the economists
It was the year of the UK’s biggest political shock for generations. The vote for Brexit defied an overwhelming economic consensus. So did British voters change their entire outlook in 2016?
‘Enemies of the people’ start Brexit appeal
As all 11 British Supreme Court judges launch the Brexit hearing today, is it wrong for papers to attack them as biased and out of touch? Or does the judiciary deserve strong criticism?
Liberal win in by-election stuns Brexiteers
The Liberal Democrats have produced a stunning by-election victory to unseat former Tory Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park, overturning a 23,000 majority in a vote that became a poll on Brexit.
For PM, cake becomes thorn in the proverbial
Starved of detail about Britain’s plan to leave the EU, journalists have made much of a phrase in some notes snapped outside Number 10. But what does ‘have cake and eat it’ really mean?
UK debt spiral sparks economic collapse fears
Yesterday the UK chancellor delivered his autumn statement. Even with Brexit, he will allow the national debt to increase — and some warn of impending financial and social catastrophe.
Brexit: ‘the people have spoken’ insists May
An explosive weekend in Britain saw an MP resign, judges attacked, and Nigel Farage hinting at revolution. Theresa May is firm on Brexit. But many are now predicting a snap general election.
Monetary system under threat after pound dives
The pound has suffered a second dramatic fall in four months. Confidence in Britain’s currency is at a low ebb. But is this a sign that the way money is valued is fundamentally flawed?
Theresa May to start Brexit by end of March
Britain’s prime minister has finally spoken. The UK Parliament will soon be able to reject EU law for the first time since 1972. A good example for others to follow, or a disastrous precedent?
Japanese bank says first Brexit was in 1534
They say Brexit is a step in the dark. But Nomura, a major Japanese bank, claims we have seen it all before 400 years ago. Henry VIII would have recognised the parallels and the dangers.
Campaigners in the dock amid ‘surge’ in racism
There has been a rise in reported racist abuse and intimidation since the UK voted to leave the EU. Some blame campaigners, especially on the Leave side, for stirring tensions. Is this fair?