25. The Purge
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
4y ago
Revolution is afoot in the Conservative Party - with many Tory MPs threatening to vote against the new Prime Minister's deal - while Boris Johnson himself is threatening to boot them out of the party if they do. Mark Mardell follows the twists and turns as this love story comes to a close. Email: worldatone@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: #BBCWATO ..read more
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24. The Centre Cannot Hold
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
4y ago
With problems in Parliament trying to get consensus on a withdrawal agreement, it seemed the main political parties were edging away from the centre ground. Did this leave a vacuum for a new movement? In 2019, more or less simultaneously, a new party started and a new campaign launched, both supporting a so-called People's Vote on any Brexit deal. The Independent Group - or Change UK, as they came to be known - was not without challenges. Neither was the People's Vote campaign. Eventually, the friction came to be personal. Mark Mardell speaks to the people involved about where it all went wron ..read more
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23. Three Strikes and You're Out!
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
4y ago
Emotions run high as Theresa May tries to get her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament, and fails. Not once, not twice but three times. Meanwhile the European Research Group (ERG) grows in influence and now firmly holds Parliament in the balance. Each day seems to wear away the Conservative’s party cohesion. And while Mrs. May’s government will try again and again if necessary, there will be a cost. Mark Mardell takes a look behind the news reports of the day, into the meeting rooms and corridors of Westminster, and reveals the private tensions of the party’s existential crisis. Email: worl ..read more
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22. The Spartans
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
4y ago
After Theresa May's so called Chequers plan failed to impress, the Prime Minister faced another problem within her own party. A group of eurosceptics were gaining interest, members and momentum. The European Research Group (ERG), or the Spartans as they came to be known, had previously been a small organisation on the fringe of politics. In 2018, they fought their way to the front line. As Mark Mardell follows the twists and turns of Britain's 45 year relationship with the European Union, Mrs May must meet her newest challengers. Email: worldatone@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: #BBCWATO ..read more
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Brexit: How did we get here?
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
4y ago
In this one-off special episode of Brexit: A Love Story?, Mark Mardell recaps the journey Britain has taken from joining the European Economic Community in 1973 to voting to leave the European Union in 2016. Email: WATO@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCWorldatOne ..read more
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9. Blair, Brown and a bike ride
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
5y ago
In 1997, Tony Blair swept to power with New Labour and Britain won the Eurovision song contest with Katrina and the Waves. Was there also a renewed enthusiasm for the European project? Mark Mardell recalls the twists and turns of Labour's relationship with Brussels. Could the fresh-faced, charismatic new Prime Minister rekindle the romance? And if not, why not? Email: worldatone@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCWorldatOne ..read more
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6. Major’s Bastards and the Battle of Maastricht
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
5y ago
Tensions rise in the Conservative Party as the Prime Minister negotiates with the European Community member states in Maastricht. Mark Mardell follows the twists and turns of Britain's 45 year relationship with the European Union, but even though John Major succeeds in arranging Britain's opt outs of the 1992 treaty - on the single currency and the social chapter - is it enough to appease the rebels in his government? Email: worldatone@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCWorldatOne ..read more
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4. From Bruges to Bust
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
5y ago
After her success renegotiating the EEC budget, Margaret Thatcher gave a speech at the College de Europe in Bruges, now widely considered to be a eurosceptic battle cry. But was it ever meant to be? Mark Mardell continues the journey through Britain's relationship with the European Union. From shadowing the Deutschmark to the resignation of Geoffrey Howe, he looks at the role Europe played in her downfall. Email: worldatone@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCWorldatOne ..read more
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16. Article 50 and the Avatar of Hate
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
5y ago
It took the Government nine months to trigger Article 50 after the British public voted to leave the European Union. At the time, some said it was overdue. Since, people have said it was too soon. Running alongside that debate, though, was whether it could even be triggered at all. Mark Mardell unpicks the attempt to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament and the ensuing court case, how a business woman was thrust into the limelight and felt she became “an avatar of hate” and whether the timing was wrong all along. Email: pm@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @BBCPM ..read more
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1. Fanfare for the future
Brexit: A Love Story?
by BBC Radio 4
5y ago
It's 1973 and Britain is joining the European Economic Community. For some it's the culmination of years of hard work and a political necessity for the country. But for others, concerns about food prices, sovereignty and the English language remain unresolved. Mark Mardell explores the UK's 45 year love affair with Europe, starting with the role that Edward Heath - the Prime Minister at the time - had in negotiating entry into the common market. Email: WATO@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCWorldatOne ..read more
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