Steve - @guitarmoog - and Chris - @ottocrat - investigate cakeism: the philosophy of having your cake and eating it, as preached and practised by the British government in its approach to Brexit. Each week, we explore the latest developments as we head towards Brexit and spend time wading through the weeds from the perspective of two long-standing Brussels and UK government insiders. Our aim: to inform you, our listeners, about EU realities and so, hopefully, to equip you to spot lies and to thwart attempts to manipulate you. There may be swearing. We are regularly joined by guests and occasionally by special guest co-hosts.
22 January 2019 | 1 hr 37 mins
brexit, eu, trade, uk politics, wto
Trade nerds, assemble! Wizard of WTOz Dmitry Grozoubinski is here to talk GATT Article XXIV!
17 January 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
brexit, citizens rights, eu, referendum, uk politics, withdrawal agreement
Discussing confidence votes, citizens' rights, and being German in the UK, with Tanja Bültmann.
10 January 2019 | 48 mins 41 secs
anger, brexit, depression, mental health, referendum
Chris and Laura talk about the emotional and mental health impact of Brexit; plus, looking ahead to the convention on a new vote taking place in London on 11 January.
19 December 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
brexit, eu, europe, european council, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics
Steve and Chris spend their last episode of the year (we hope!) picking over the previous week's debacle at the European Council and wondering at the UK's apparently irrepressible capacity for self-delusion.
12 December 2018 | 1 hr 35 mins
brexit, eu, executive coup, uk politics
Back to just Steve and Chris getting ranty about Brexit - old skool
6 December 2018 | 1 hr 21 mins
brexit, eu, uk politics
Chris and Laura Shields kill Norway and play Fantasy Front Bench over a kebab, then Steve Bullock's back and joins Steve Analyst and Chris to pick over Tuesday's events in the House of Commons. Plus, is the UK really so obstructive?
29 November 2018 | 55 mins 24 secs
brexit, eu, foreign policy, uk politics
Chris talks foreign policy and Brexit with Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy for the Centre for European Reform.
22 November 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
brexit, eu, uk politics
Nick Crosby joins Chris to wonder whether the House of Commons might yet find a way to reject the Withdrawal Agreement and #StopBrexit. Also Hostile Environment Lady jumps the Lie of the Week queue.
14 November 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
brexit, eu, europe, politics, referendum, uk politics, withdrawal agreement
Steve and Chris debate whether the UK has really been a disruptive force in the EU, and ponder what happens now that we have a draft Withdrawal Agreement.
6 November 2018 | 1 hr 36 mins
brexit, eu, ireland, referendum, uk politics
Former Tory Party International Security Policy Adviser Garvan Walshe joins Chris to talk about backstops and how every possible outcome now looks, well, a bit rubbish. Yay.
30 October 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
brexit, eu, trade, uk politics
Chris and Steve Analyst get down and nerdy on trade stuff, plus a controversial lie of the week.
17 October 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
brexit, eu, europe, european parliament, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics
Steve and Chris are joined by four - FOUR! - Members of the European Parliament to discuss progress towards a Withdrawal Agreement and prospects for a Peoples Vote
14 October 2018 | 1 hr 52 mins
brexit, eu, europe, politics, uk politics
We're bringing you a recording of the 'Brexit: What Next?' Question Time-style event organised by Nottingham European Movement on 28 September. Just look at the panellists!
12 October 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
brexit, eu, referendum, trade, uk politics
We look ahead to next week's European Council and the Peoples Vote March on 20 October.
4 October 2018 | 1 hr 46 mins
brexit, citizens rights, conservative party, eu, eu politics, free movement, history, tory party, uk politics
Tanja Bueltmann joins us as co-host to discuss citizens' rights and the Tory conference. Expletives abound!
26 September 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
brexit, eu, labour party, referendum, trade, uk politics
Salzburg fallout and Starmer wowing the Labour Conference are headliners for this our Silver Jubilee podcast