The UK made a strategic mistake in dismissing the Messina Conference in 1955. This moment is not as seismic – but the UK should not pass up the opportunity to shape the post-Brexit, post-Ukraine, Europe where it can.
Delivering the right vehicle cannot be premised on the idea that non-EU states are merely satellites of Brussels.
The election delivered Conservative MPs located precisely in the industrial areas that are vulnerable to the government’s own policy of divergence.
Plus: Farage and my evenings. Edinburgh and my show. Notre Dame, fire, Macron – and recovery? And: Javid’s emotional intelligence.
Maastricht made it clear that the EU was leaving the UK, preferring to become a superstate. We could never agree to such a project.
The Labour leader praised France’s President for showing “different way forward”. But it didn’t work – and is now being abandoned.