It is ‘perfectly possible’ to sign a free trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020, says top Brexit expert

April 6, 2018

It’s been a quiet week in Brexit, with Theresa May and her Cabinet away on their Easter holidays, but Chopper’s Brexit Podcast never stops work.

Joining Christopher Hope, the Telegraph's chief political correspondent, this week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast our guests are Shanker Singham, the director of the Institute for Economic Affairs’ International Trade and Competition Unit, Matt Warman, Tory MP for Boston and Skegness and a Parliamentary aide to Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley, and Commodore Tony Morrow, the last captain of HMY Britannia, on why a new royal yacht could help secure trade deals post Brexit.

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Andrea Leadsom defies David Lidington and John Bercow to say Big Ben must bong on Brexit Day 2019

March 30, 2018

Brexit day in 12 months' time should be marked by “huge celebrations” and the sounding of Big Ben, a leading Eurosceptic Cabinet minister says today. The remarks by Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons, put her at odds with John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons and David Lidington, Theresa May's effective deputy, who have both ruled that Big Ben will not sound when Britain leaves the EU in March next year.

 

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Episode 42: Michael Gove should resign for selling fishermen down the river over transition deal

March 23, 2018

This week's Chopper's Brexit Podcast comes from a trawler on the River Thames where Christopher Hope, the Telegraph's Chief Political Correspondent, chugs towards the Parliament with a group of fishermen who are furious about a transition deal which they say could halve Britain's fishing fleet.

Guests on board the trawler include former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Tory MP Ross Thomson and Fishing for Leave's Aaron Brown, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on dry land as well as Brexit Minister Suella Fernandez in the Red Lion pub and Telegraph Senior Political Correspondent Kate McCann and Telegraph Brexit Correspondent James Rothwell in the studio.

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Episode 41: There is a 50/50 chance of another referendum to stop Brexit, says LibDem leader Sir Vince Cable

March 16, 2018
This week's Chopper's Brexit Podcast celebrates its first birthday, with cake, streamers and party hats at the Red Lion pub on Whitehall.
 
Over the past year - since its launch in March 2017 - the podcasts' episodes have been listened to 682,000 times - 352,000 downloads and 330,000 streams on the Telegraph's site, Apple and Android.
 
This week's guests include Brandon Lewis, the Conservative party chairman, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, and Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council.
 
There are also contributions from the Telegraph's Brexit commissioning editor Asa Bennett and the Telegraph's Europe editor Peter Foster on Brexit talks ahead of a major EU summit on Thursday next week.
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Bonus Episode! What have we learned from Theresa May’s ‘Road To Brexit’ speech?

March 2, 2018

EMERGENCY EXTRA ADDITION of Chopper's Brexit Podcast as Chris is joined by The Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster, Brexit Editor Dia Chakravarty, Brexit Commissioning Editor Asa Bennett and Leader Writer Tim Stanley as the panel cram into the podcast studio to give their expert analysis of the Prime Minister's biggest Brexit speech since Florence. 

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Episode 39: DUP challenges Sinn Fein MPs to come to Westminster and vote down Brexit

March 2, 2018

In this week's podcast: The DUP’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said the nationalist party’s seven MPs should break with convention and vote against the Government on Brexit – because it would ensure that 'remainer' Conservative MPs would be unlikely to join the rebellion.

The prospect of Sinn Fein voting to keep the UK in the customs union would cut the Government’s majority to just six, meaning just over a handful of Tory MPs could defeat the Government.

The Republican party has always refused to take its seats and vote in Parliament because it will not swear allegiance to the Queen or recognise the legitimacy of Britain’s rule over Northern Ireland.

There have been rumours that Commons authorities could waive the requirement to take the oath to allow Sinn Fein to vote – however a spokesman said that this was categorically not allowed according to Erskine May, the House of Commons' rule book.

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Episode 38: Britain is on course for a ‘Goldilocks Brexit’ says Michael Gove, as he raises prospect of plastic straw ban

February 23, 2018

In this week's episode of Chopper's Brexit Podcast, we take a break from the Red Lion to visit the NFU conference in Birmingham. Here, we talk to Environment Secretary Michael Gove as well as farmers about how Brexit will affect agriculture - and ultimately the prices we pay for food in our shops.

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Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Episode 37: George Soros’s campaign to stop UK leaving EU will succeed because Brexiteers are ‘dying off’ says Lord Malloch-Brown

February 16, 2018

A George Soros-backed campaign to stop Britain to leave the European Union will succeed because Brexiteers are “dying off”, its chairman said.

Lord Malloch-Brown, a former Government minister, said a “reasonable outcome” of Mr Soros's Best for Britain campaign would be Theresa May resigning as Prime Minister.

In an interview with Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, on the Telegraph’s website today, Lord Malloch-Brown said he had a 40 per cent change of stopping Brexit.

The Best for Britain campaign has so far raised £2million – including £500,000 from Mr Soros, a billionaire financier – which it will use to support local anti-EU groups.

Other guests on Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, available from 6am on the Telegraph’s website, include Matthew Elliott, the former chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign, Jack Maidment, the Telegraph’s political correspondent, and Daniel Capurro, editor of the Telegraph’s morning Frontbench political email.

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Episode 36: The CBI is wrong on Brexit because it is listening too much to big business, says Digby Jones

January 25, 2018

The Confederation of British Industry is wrong on the European Union because it is ignoring small manufacturers and listening too much to multi-national conglomerates, a former head of the business lobby group has said.
In an interview with today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, Lord Jones said: “I don’t agree with it [the CBI position]

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