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Matt Cooper: The joke Boris Johnson pulled on the British people is now on him

As the former British leader faces the possibility of having to contest a by-election over allegedly lying to parliament, his power is not what it once was as his failed bid to derail Rishi Sunak’s post-Brexit deal with the EU demonstrates

Former British prime minister Boris Johnson voted against the Stormont Brake, part of the post-Brexit deal. Picture: Getty

It’s unlikely that we will ever see the back of Boris Johnson; he will linger in politics like a bad smell. But the sense is that his power is ebbing, that the cult he leads is losing support, and that the big joke he has pulled on the British people is now finally on him.

Last week he appeared in front of a British parliamentary committee investigating his lies to parliament over Covid partying at ...