On the menu this week: the Telegraph’s Senior Foreign Correspondent, Roland Oliphant, talks us through a recent meeting with Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton -- who is seen by many Brexiteers as a key ally in future trade talks.  

And - in an interview that contains some unsettling language - the former Brexit Party leader, Catherine Blaiklock, explains why she recently joined the Conservative Party, and answers questions about a series of racist tweets that she is known to have posted. (Update: shortly after this podcast was recorded, the Conservatives expelled Blaiklock from the party).

Also on the episode: Professor Tim Bale discusses his new book about modern political party membership, and Maddy Thimont-Jack from the Institute for Government tells us why, according to her research, it’s going to be nigh on impossible for Parliament to stop a no-deal exit. 

 

Further reading:

 

Tom Harris on “Silly Season” - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/14/brexit-looming-years-silly-season-serious-one-yet/

 

Asa Bennett on no-deal https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/08/14/hating-no-deal-brexit-wont-stop-philip-hammond-ready-do-whatever/

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August 9, 2019

If Brexit were a box set

The final series in the Brexit melodrama is approaching and it remains to be seen if the protagonists will stay on script. To review the latest plot twists The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope is joined by three Brexit experts, who give Boris Johnson’s first two weeks in office three very different ratings.

Sitting down in the Red Lion pub this week are former Labour peer, Andrew Adonis, who believes his children’s generation will try to rejoin the European Union; new Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party, Paul Scully who tells us why delaying Brexit further would be more damaging than a no-deal scenario; plus the podcast’s regular pollster, Martin Baxter from Electoral Calculus brings an update on how he thinks Brits would vote if an early general election were called.

Read Martin Baxter’s latest polling: http://bit.ly/2GTL0A8

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August 1, 2019

Great Brexpectations

Chopper returns to a new prime minister and an almost entirely new cabinet. And this week, Deputy Chairman of the Eurosceptic European Research Group of Conservative Members of Parliament (try saying that three times, backwards…) Mark Francois joins him in the Red Lion pub to tell us why he has high hopes that Boris Johnson could ditch Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement altogether.

Also on the podcast: Professor Anand Menon on why investing billions in deprived communities after Brexit could see Boris Johnson rewarded at the ballot box and Peggy Grande of World for Brexit on why the UK's departure from the EU is more than just a British concern. Plus graphologist Emma Bache reveals which members of the new cabinet are the most irritable and the most image-concerned when she analyses their handwriting.

You can find out more about World for Brexit at www.worldforbrexit.com or find them on Twitter @world4brexit.

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Chopper is away, but Brexit stops for no-one. The Telegraph’s Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey takes the host’s chair to discuss whether her Telegraph colleague and our new prime minister, Boris Johnson will perform under the heavy weight of expectation. Joining her are Chief Leader Writer, Philip Johnston and Political Editor, Gordon Rayner, who weigh in on how Mr Johnston will enact his Brexit plan, what his new team tells us about his leadership strategy and whether the new leader is indeed “the British Trump”.

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Andrew Gimson is Boris Johnson’s friend and former colleague who made it his job to find out all there is to know about the new Tory leader when he wrote his biography, Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson. He’s spoken to hundreds of his friends, family and associates, as well as to the man himself. Gimson joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub to talk about how Boris Johnson’s early signs of ambition manifested themselves in his determination to play the piano at school, what it was like working under him at The Spectator and why he was offered a six figure sum to stop writing his book by the incoming PM.

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Three Tory big hitters join Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub. First in the hotseat: International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox reveals when his department will pivot from renegotiating Brexit to preparing for no-deal, and addresses rumours that he harbours diplomatic ambitions. Next up: Chairman of the ERG, Jacob Rees-Mogg on why he’s against proroguing parliament to solve Brexit, and how many of his children have joined the Tory Party. And finally: party Chairman, Brandon Lewis responds to worrying reports some members haven’t been able to exercise their vote in the leadership contest.

Plus one of them tells Chris how he’s feeling after a recent landmark birthday.

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Two former Conservative Party chairmen weigh in on who they think is the best candidate to lead the Tories (and the country) forward. Grant Shapps thinks Boris Johnson has the edge; Sir Patrick McLoughlin says Jeremy Hunt is the man for the job, and is chairing his campaign. They join Christopher Hope to make their case for the leadership hopefuls.

Plus The Telegraph’s Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey reveals who she believes came out on top when both candidates took to the stage to make their pitch to Telegraph subscribers earlier this week.

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Once a Tory leadership candidate herself, Liz Truss joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub to tell the public why they could rely on the former London Mayor to make a success of Brexit, and where he stands on key issues including tax cuts, foxhunting and the housing crisis.

Plus graphologist, Emma Bache analyses the two leadership candidates’ handwriting to work out who is better suited to the role of prime minister - with some surprising results. And The Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner brings us a match report from the first half of the Tory leadership contest.

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All aboard! The Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate talks to Christopher Hope on the 11:14 to London Waterloo. He reveals why he believes existing technology can prevent a hard Irish border, where he stands on foxhunting, abortion and immigration, and who does the chores in the Hunt household. Alight here for an enlightening insight into the man who could become our next prime minister.

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Two former cabinet ministers; two opposing views on who should be our next prime minister. Andrea Leadsom thinks it’s time for Boris Johnson to take the reins; Sir Patrick McLoughlin thinks Jeremy Hunt is the right man to lead the UK out of the Brexit chaos. They make their cases for the leadership candidates over a cup of coffee with Christopher Hope in the infamous Red Lion pub.

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