Labour

117: The Nightmare Before Brexit

Brexit is delayed. Again. This time, for up to six months. And yet the Prime Minister who said she wouldn’t consider pushing Brexit beyond the end of June remains in offi

We work through another crazed week as Parliament tumbles further into the abyss, wondering how we ended up with a delay that manages to be both too long and too short.

How long will Theresa May last? In fact, how long can the Tories last? A report this week warns of a series of problems threatening the party’s future support.

Plus we look at Brexit in human form - the very angry Tory MP Mark Francois.


116: Love is in the air

Two years late, and days before the latest Brexit deadline, Theresa May finally reaches out across the divide to try to find a way out of the crisis. But is there any realistic chance the Prime Minister can agree a Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn? And what will he demand in return?

We assess the latest twists in this increasingly ridiculous saga, why the Prime Minister opted to tear her own party apart, and the dangers for Labour as well.

And we look at the infiltration of grassroots Tory parties by former UKIP activists, determined to force out anyone deemed not to be a true Brexit believer.

115: Endgame?

Sound the Emergency Podcast Klaxon. A late-night update after a ludicrous 24 hours. MPs take back control of Brexit, but just as they do that Theresa May tries to seize the initiative by volunteering to throw herself under her own bus.

Back my deal and I’ll quit, says the Prime Minister. And just as her Tory MPs are slowly falling into line, the DUP turn her down again, and we’re back to square one.

Which makes those indicative votes in the Commons even more important. Luckily, Joy Lo Dico, columnist from the Evening Standard, is on standby to explain what it meant.

We start the long process of assessing the likely rivals for the soon-to-be vacant (maybe) Tory leadership too.


113: She's lost control, again

A chaotic, crazed week at Westminster sees the last tattered shreds of Theresa May’s authority disappear. Her Brexit deal is defeated, again; Parliament rules out leaving without a deal, and she comes within a whisker of losing any control of the process.

Now the Prime Minister plans one last attempt to force her deal through, before heading to Brussels to beg the EU for more time.

Her Cabinet ministers now routinely ignore her instructions, her government is on the verge of collapse. So far, Brexit’s going really, really well.

This week, we try to sum up these extraordinary events in less than 25 minutes. And insult fans of Lord of the Rings, just for the hell of it.


111: The Gang of Seven

The biggest party split in nearly 40 years. Seven Labour MPs have walked, but it’s clear dozens more have had enough. Even the deputy leader, Tom Watson, calls for change. It’s a huge challenge for Jeremy Corbyn, explored in this bonus podcast.

Why have the gang of seven gone now? Will anyone follow them? And what becomes of the Independent Group? Will it become a new party of the centre? Or will it fizzle out?

And how will Labour react? Has it in fact further strengthened Jeremy Corbyn’s hold on the party?