John Major

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 Former prime minister’s John Major and Tony Blair have both commented on the Brexit debate. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images

Former UK prime minister Sir John Major has warned against the exit from the European Union being dictated by the “tyranny of the majority”, insisting(...)

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Jeremy Corbyn cannot recognise Ant and Dec. You snob! Go back to Islington and your Maoist book club. How can you hope to lead the British Labour Par(...)

Major success:  Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the men’s 10,000m final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

John Major has salvaged his reputation through the clever public-relations ruse of sitting around, mainly in The Oval, while history notices his good(...)

David Cameron’s resignation honours list reportedly included peerages for his former director of operations, Liz Sugg (left) and chief of staff Ed Llewellyn (right). Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

There is a place for class prejudice if it is done properly. Resent privileged Conservatives, for instance, but resent them for the right reason. The(...)

British prime minister Theresa May in the garden of 10 Downing Street: Her new cabinet has fewer privately educated ministers than any since Clement Atlee’s in 1945. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

In her calls with other European leaders recently, Britain’s prime minister Theresa May made one thing clear: leaving the EU means just that. There wi(...)

Traders from BGC, a global brokerage company in London, react as European stock markets open early on the day after Britain voted to leave the EU

Over the past three decades I have observed British negotiating tactics in Europe fail and succeed. One of the biggest failures was John Major’s “hard(...)

Angela Eagle’s 24 years in parliament may have been spent in cryogenic suspension for all the impact she has had on national consciousness.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Limehouse: so much to answer for. When sensible people in Britain’s Labour party wonder what to do about Jeremy Corbyn, their fantastically unelectab(...)

Sir Patrick Mayhew (centre) photographed in 1996 as he launched the new Bar Library Directory at Belfast High Court with Sir Brian Hutton, Lord Chief Justice (right) and Eugene Grant, Chairman General Council of the Bar in 1996. Photograph: Brian Little/PA

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has paid tribute to Lord Mayhew who has died aged 86. Lord Mayhew, or Sir Patrick Mayhew as he then was, was (...)

A file image from 2005 showing a fortified police station in the Border village of Crossmaglen in  Northern Ireland. ‘Given that the Border could not be secured with army watchtowers during the Troubles, it is not at all clear how a new policing operation will work.’ Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

The rather patronising English joke used to be that whenever the Irish question was about to be solved, the Irish would change the question. And now, (...)

A man holds  sterling notes as he waits  to exchange them for euro at an exchange office in Gibraltar on Friday. The euro has changed the nature of European integration in the most profound ways. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

I advocated a Remain vote but there is something in me that welcomes the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum. While I continue to believe that the case(...)

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