October 2, 2018
Chopper concludes his run of conference season specials with this dispatch from Birmingham, where the Tory party faithful have been gathering - and arguing - this week.
On today's edition, recorded in front of a live audience, Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests a way in which the Conservatives ought to follow Labour's lead; and Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, reveals how he'd vote in a second referendum.
September 26, 2018
Christopher Hope packs his bags and heads up to Liverpool for a special Labour Party conference edition of the podcast.
Unsurprisingly, one question looms above all others on the conference floor: Will Labour back a second Brexit referendum?
Never one to shy from a challenge, Hope lines up a stellar cast of Labour big-hitters to shed light on the issue - with comment from Sir Kier Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary; Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI; Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON; the millionaire Labour donor John Mills; Professor Philip Cowley, author of The British General Election of 2017; and The Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner.
September 21, 2018
Small business owners are scared to speak up about supporting Leave because of the toxicity of the debate, according to the newly-formed Alliance of British Entrepreneurs.
Founders Tom Bohills and Ed Harden join Christopher Hope to discuss why some companies are threatening to fire Brexit-backing employees - and whether the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan delivers for their members.
Also on the podcast: Sir Bill Cash MP, chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee; Sir Mike Penning MP, the former minister who says Chequers is ‘dead as a dodo’; Martin Baxter, chief executive of Electoral Calculus; Christophe Bondy, a former negotiator on the Canada-EU trade deal; Matthew Holehouse, MLex market insight senior correspondent; and Anna Mikhailova, the Telegraph’s political correspondent on what the hell is going on in 'Brex-minster'.
September 14, 2018
It’s easy to know where the Liberal Democrats stand on Brexit: they didn’t want it to happen and now they’re backing a second referendum. But why have they failed to galvanise support - and would leader, Sir Vince Cable consider founding a whole new movement to push the cause? He joins Chopper to discuss.
Also on the podcast: Treasury minister, John Glen MP on the Government’s no-deal planning; General Secretary of train drivers’ union, Aslef, Mick Whelan on why the TUC is wrong to want a second Brexit vote and The Telegraph’s Senior Political Correspondent, Kate McCann unpicks the week that was in Westminster.
September 7, 2018
The Conservatives are under more pressure than ever before over Brexit and this week Christopher Hope is joined by Tory voices from the grassroots to the leadership to discuss the future of the party - and of the country.
Among them, former Conservative Deputy Chairman Robert Halfon MP forecasts turmoil if Remainers continue to fight Brexit. He tells us how the UK’s relationship with democracy has changed, and explains his own journey from Remain voter to Brexiteer.
Mr Halfon, a former minister, tells the podcast: "For the first time, it's not a coup against the leader, it's a coup against the people."
Also on the podcast: former Conservative leader Iain Duncan-Smith MP, ex-Cabinet minister John Whittingdale MP and former Housing minister Nick Boles MP, plus David Evans - one of Theresa May's councillors from Maidenhead - tells Chopper something he’s yet to tell the Prime Minister. Camilla Tominey, the new assistant editor at the Telegraph, also makes her debut on the podcast.
August 31, 2018
Even people who are involved in Brexit often find themselves coming back to the same basic questions. What happened? What is going on? Where are we headed?
For this special episode, Christopher Hope sits down with the Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner, and its Europe Editor, Peter Foster, to make sense of the past two years - and to share their own experiences of reporting on an era-defining period in British politics.
August 24, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to rumble? Today on Chopper's Brexit Podcast we present a Brexit grapple-thon. In the red corner, we have 'Mr Brexit' himself, Nigel Farage and in the blue corner, it's none other than 'Mr Re-main man', Andrew Adonis.
The gloves are off as the two thrash it out over the key issues facing the UK as it leaves the European Union. Expect customs union clashes and Irish border blows. Seconds out - round one!
Also on the podcast: Chopper quizzes Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab after his speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal scenario, musician Matthew Herbert tells us about his Brexit Big Band project and the Telegraph's Brexit team, Asa Bennett and James Rothwell perform their finest Brexit limericks.
August 17, 2018
The leave campaign, backed by new donations from Conservative donors, is to be relaunched in a new 'Battle for Britain' amid concern the UK won't leave the European Union as planned next March.
Speaking to this week's Chopper's Brexit Podcast property millionaire Richard Tice and former British Chambers of Commerce director general John Longworth reveal they're restarting the Leave Means Leave campaign in a bid to 'save Brexit'.
Also on the guest-list are Stewart Jackson, former Chief of Staff to ex-Brexit Secretary, David Davis; Eloise Todd, chief executive of campaign group Best for Britain; veteran pollster Peter Kellner; and Derek J Taylor, author of book, Fayke Newes, plus expert analysis from The Daily Telegraph's Europe Editor, Peter Foster and Brexit Commissioning Editor, Asa Bennett, who returns to the podcast by popular demand with some good news #despiteBrexit.
August 10, 2018
James Cleverly says trade deals which contradict the EU common rulebook aren't out of the question after Brexit day. He tells Chopper’s Brexit Podcast: “If at some point we got a trade deal proposal which contradicts elements of the common rulebook then we can do that judgement. You can make and unmake treaties. Treaties can be unmade.”
The same can't be said, of course, for Boris Johnson's controversial comments on the burka in his recent Telegraph column. The Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party joins Christopher Hope to discuss whether he should apologise.
Also on the podcast: Alan Mak MP on how Brexit will help the NHS become a technological innovator, Robert Bates from the Get Britain Out campaign on their letter protesting Theresa May's Chequers deal, signed by 50,000 Brexiteers, and Jonny Abrams, organiser of the Eurosceptic Song Contest performs musical numbers in the style of some very familiar 'Brexit' voices
August 3, 2018
Stephen Barclay, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, sees the opportunities outweighing the obstacles for a post-Brexit NHS, but are any lives at risk? He joins Chopper to discuss.
Also in the episode, we ask think tank director Henry Newman to explain the ways in which the EU and the UK could reach a deal this autumn, take the temperature of grassroots tories with Conservative Home’s Josh Lambkin, talk post-Brexit booze with Brigid Simmons, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association -- and Professor Matthew Goodwin makes a strong case for comparing Theresa May’s premiership with the police tactics in Die Hard.