Episode 35: Theresa May should be prepared to create 200 more peers to force Brexit Bill through Parliament, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

January 19, 2018
Theresa May should be prepared to create as many as 200 new peers to force the Brexit Bill through the House of Lords, the new leader of the Conservative group of Eurosceptic MPs has said.
 
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the new chairman of the influential European Reform Group, warned that the House of Lords would not want to be left "in the position of peers against the people" because "the people always win".
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Episode 34: ’We’re going to hell in a handcart. We need another referendum’ - Labour’s Chris Bryant demands a U-turn on Brexit

January 12, 2018

Labour MP and former Shadow Leader of the Commons Chris Bryant has told the Telegraph's Chris Hope that he wants to stop Brexit, even though that would be against the wishes of the voters who elected him.

Speaking on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, he said, "We're going to hell in a handcart. I kind of want to stop it really. I know that's not what probably the voters in my constituency want, and I think we could only do that if we another referendum."

Discussing the prospect of a binding vote on a Brexit agreement by the Autumn he added 'there may be no deal' to vote on. 

Mr Bryant was in conversation with former Brexit minister David Jones, as the pair looked ahead to another critical year of Brexit trade talks. 

Also on this week's podcast, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce Adam Marshall expl

ained why he believes Brexit will actually allow the UK to build its role and influence in European bodies covering key sectors such as aviation. 

Plus, Conservative MEP and shining light of the Leave campaign Daniel Hannan outlines his vision for UK trade post-Brexit and we hear from Senior Political Correspondent Kate McCann about the impact Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle is likely to have on Brexit. 

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Episode 33: ‘Our odds of a deal on trade just dramatically improved’ - Brexit Minister, Steve Baker

December 22, 2017

Brexit minister Steve Baker has told Chopper's Brexit Podcast that the UK's odds of succeeding in trade talks with the EU have 'dramatically improved' following Wednesday's joint report from negotiators. 

The draft negotiating guidelines for the second phase of talks have been set out and Mr Baker told The Telegraph's Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope that they indicated the EU was open to agreeing a 'good quality, deep and special partnership' after Brexit. 

Any transition period should not last longer than the end of December 2020, according to the jointly agreed guidelines.

Mr Baker outlined why he didn't think the loss of Damian Green from Theresa May's cabinet would impact progress towards Brexit, saying that 'I think politicians across Europe, if they're objective about the reality of dealing with flawed human beings, will know that sometimes people have to either resign or be sacked'. He added he thought the PM had dealt with these things in a 'perfectly proper way.' 

 
Also in this week's Christmas Special podcast edition, the Managing Director of British Sugar, Paul Kenward, explains why his company sees Brexit as an opportunity for increased global trade. 

Plus, our panel of Telegraph experts looks back on the ups and downs of 2017, and ahead to the next phase of the talks.

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Episode 32: ‘We are not going to fall out over this’ one of the 11 mutinous Tory MPs tells Theresa May

December 15, 2017

In this episode of Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Tory mutineer MP Bob Neill says Theresa May should drop her bid to fix a legal date and time for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

David Jones MP, a former Exiting the EU minister, told the podcast that the change was "unnecessary and frankly just symbolic".

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast bonus: Analysis of the Brexit deal

December 8, 2017

Chief Political Correspondent Christoper 'Chopper' Hope analyses Theresa May's Brexit deal with the Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster.

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Episode 31: Iain Duncan Smith: The British people want Theresa May to tell the EU, ‘Enough is enough’

December 8, 2017

In this episode of Chopper's Brexit Podcast, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith warns Theresa May should not quit as Prime Minister over the stalled Brexit talks and instead “stick it out". Meanwhile, The Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster looks at the latest developments in negotiations in Brussels. Chopper also speaks to former Environment secretary Owen Paterson, who says Mrs May should threaten to walk away from talks and start negotiations to trade on World Trade Organisation rules after Britain leaves the EU. And we hear from shadow  Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker, who believes: “That walk away approach can only lead to potential disaster for us all.”

 

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Episode 30: ‘I don’t want to pay for an unknown road in Romania’, Tory MP attacks £50bn EU Brexit bill

November 30, 2017

In this week's Chopper's Brexit Podcast we get reaction to the Telegraph's exclusive report that British and EU negotiators have reached a deal over the so-called Brexit bill, landing on a figure somewhere between €45bn and €55bn.

Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative member of the Commons’ Brexit committee, tells our Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope: “I can just about stomach £20billion but beyond that I have some personal difficulties.

“You can’t extend that into ‘hope to spend in 10 years time on an unknown road in Romania’ where the turf has not been turned yet. 

“These seem to be ‘hope to spend in the future’ costs. I don't think these are Britain's liabilities.”

Chopper also sits down with 'Mr Brexit' Nigel Farage over a pint to discuss his view on the state of the Brexit negotiations. 
 
Plus, we hear a warning from the Fishing For Leave campaign about the dangers of writing the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law as we rush to exit the EU. 
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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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