Episode 28: Dominic Grieve ‘Mutineer-In-Chief? Not at all - I’m just trying to help’

November 17, 2017
In this week's episode of Chopper's Brexit Podcast senior Conservative MP and former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve speaks out after being labelled 'Mutineer-In-Chief' for leading a Tory rebellion against Theresa May's plan to enshrine the date the UK leaves the EU into law. 
 
Mr Grieve tells The Telegraph's Chief Political Correspondent Chris Hope that now as many as 27 Conservative MPs are willing to vote against the Prime Minister's amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill. 
 
Also on the show, Labour's Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner and former Conservative Brexit Minister David Jones swap the Commons debating chamber for the more relaxed surroundings of the Red Lion pub - and give us two opposing views of how the Brexit bill vote will play out. 
 
Mr Gardiner tells Chris why he 'thanks God' for Dominic Grieve - arguing that his interventions on the legal detail will build stronger legislation. 
 
We hear from a whistleblower whose role was to brief the EU Commission about its own accounts, who has a stark warning about the multi-billion Euro deficit the organisation is facing. 
 
Also this week, we're talking vote-winning policy ideas. We hear George Freeman MP, chair of the Conservative Policy Forum, Helen Whateley MP and Robert Colville, new director of the Centre for Policy Studies. Mr Freeman explains why he thinks a radical new approach to housing could be the key to success at the ballot box in 2022.
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Episode 27: 500 days until Brexit: Australia ‘will be key for Britain’s success’

November 10, 2017

After another turbulent week for the Government, Christopher 'Chopper' Hope is joined in the Telegraph newsroom to mark 500 days until Brexit.  Chopper is joined by James Crisp, the Telegraph's Brussels correspondent, who gives us the latest news on Brexit and how the talks are going as the sixth round gets underway.

Also on the show is James McGory from the pro-Remain Open Britain campaign group and Jonathan Isaby from Brexit Central. Our Brexit correspondent James Rothwell tell us the latest #DespiteBrexit stories and trade expert Victoria Hewson from the Legatum Institute talk about Britain's future outside of the European Union.

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Episode 26: ‘12 MPs to resign over sex scandal’ say campaigning MPs who helped expose it

November 3, 2017
​After a week of allegations, revelations and resignations in the Westminster sex scandal, Christopher Hope is joined in the Red Lion pub​ by Laura Hughes, the journalist who first discovered the story, and two campaigning MPs who helped expose it - Jess Phillips and John Mann.
 
Also on the podcast, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, discusses whether David Davis’s plans to hire 8,000 civil servants by the end of next year to deliver Brexit is even possible, and the Telegraph's Europe Editor, Peter Foster, discovers some good news for the economy 'despite Brexit'.
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Episode 25: ’95% chance of No Deal’ says former Minister for Europe

October 20, 2017

As Theresa May faces growing pressure to lay down the law when she meets EU officials in Brussels, Chopper's Brexit Podcast hosts a 'No Deal' special. 

Christopher Hope is joined in the Red Lion pub by Charlie Elphicke, the treasurer of the influential European Research Group of Conservative MPs, and Chris Bryant, Labour's former Minister of State for Europe, to debate whether Britain can thrive leaving the European Union without any deal. And economist Andrew Lillico discusses the possibility of Britain joining the North American Free Trade Agreement after Brexit.

Also on the podcast Chopper speaks to Grant Shapps, the former Tory party chairman, in his first broadcast interview since being accused of being the ringleader of a plot to unseat Mrs May. Joining the podcast team are The Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor, Steven Swinford, who has been tracking the negotiations all week, and Dia Chakravarty, the Telegraph’s Brexit editor, reporting on the latest good news to emerge '#DespiteBrexit’.

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Episode 24: Northern Powerhouse Minister: ‘Stop this London-centric whingeing and make Brexit a success’

October 13, 2017

Listen to the Telegraph's weekly Brexit podcast, hosted by Chief Political Correspondent Christopher 'Chopper' Hope and recorded at the historic Red Lion pub, a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament. 

Conservative MPs should stop their "London-centric whingeing and back-biting" in order to focus on Brexit, according to the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry. 

Talking to Chopper's Brexit Podcast on Thursday, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State claimed that northern constituents are right to be "furious" about the government's leadership issues: "It's a load of Tom Cobblers," the Minister said. "[Theresa May] is a brilliant Prime Minister for the North of England... there's no room in my world or in the North of England for anyone else to be doing that job."

Also on Chopper's Brexit Podcast this week, Lord Hayward of Cumnor - the only pollster to predict the result of the 2015 General Election and the result of the referendum - discusses whether the shake-up of constituency boundaries might help Theresa May win in 2022. Plus Christopher Hope meets David Babbs of 38 Degrees, one of the country's largest campaign groups bringing Leave and Remain voters together to embrace Brexit.

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Tory Party Conference: Michael Fallon insists “nobody is unsackable” in slap down to Boris Johnson

October 2, 2017
Sir Michael Fallon delivers a blow to Boris Johnson in conversation with Chopper's Brexit Podcast in a special live recording at the Conservative Party Conference.
 
The Defence Secretary insisted "the Prime Minister has the right and the ability and the authority to change any member of her cabinet", as the Conservative Party gathered for what many expect will be a 'beauty parade' of ministers making their bid for the party leadership.
 
This episode also features Iain Duncan Smith who defends his legacy universal credit deal, and a fiery panel discussion with Telegraph editors and columnists in which Tory members reveal their frustration in dramatic fashion.
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Episode 23: ‘Make Jacob Rees-Mogg party chairman to help Conservatives rediscover their voice’

September 29, 2017

In this bumper episode, Chopper's Brexit Podcast is at the Labour Party Conference where Christopher Hope speaks to Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, about Labour's elusive Brexit policy. He also catches up with some of the finest minds on Fleet Street for their analysis of the conference highlights. Back in the studio, the podcast is joined by a pair of true-blue think tanks and a senior grass roots Conservative for a look ahead to the Conservative Party Conference. Senior Political Correspondent Kate McCann offers her view on Labour's policies, and Brexit Commissioning Editor Asa Bennett highlights some good news which you might have missed in our new feature, #DespiteBrexit.

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Episode 22: ‘Boris Johnson can still be Prime Minister’ despite his worst week ever

September 22, 2017
In the 22nd episode, Chopper's Brexit Podcast is aboard 'May Force One' as the Prime Minister travels to the US and Canada. But Theresa May's schedule was overpowered this week by Boris Johnson's explosive article in The Telegraph and his subsequent threats of resignation. 
 
Following the Foreign Secretary's "worst week ever" Chopper's Brexit Podcast discusses the fallout with journalists aboard Theresa May's aircraft, including John Pienaar and Robert Peston on their impromptu press conference with a sweaty, post-workout Boris Johnson. Back in the studio, Christopher Hope hears the Westminster view from The Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor Steven Swinford, and discusses Mr. Johnson's next moves with his biographer, Andrew Gimson, and Spectator editor, Fraser Nelson. 
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Episode 21: Theresa May ‘can win the next general election - as long as she delivers a clean Brexit’

September 15, 2017

In the second episode of the new season, Chopper's Brexit Podcast hears from Nick Tyrone, author of "Apocalypse Delayed" on how a clean Brexit will help the Tories win the next general election. Also the Liberal Democrats' Brexit spokesman Tom Brake and Tory Brexiteer Michael Tomlinson debate the usefulness of a second referendum, and Solicitor General Robert Buckland, the Government minister who has to steer the EU Withdrawal Bill through Parliament, discusses whether 19,000 EU regulations can be repatriated to UK law by March 2019. 

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Episode 20: ‘Britain is most likely to leave EU without a trade deal - and that’s ‘just fine’

September 8, 2017

The first episode in the second series of Chopper's Brexit Podcast hears from Dominic Grieve and John Redwood, two former Tory Cabinet ministers, as they discuss whether Theresa May's plans to use Henry VIII powers to move EU regs into British law is undemocratic; also Liam Halligan, author of "Clean Brexit - Why Leaving the EU Still Makes Sense" as well as The Telegraph's new Brexit editor Dia Chakravarty on why it is not racist to support Brexit. 

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