Saturday August 8, 2020

The pantomime phase of Brexit is behind us

The Boris and Barnier Show might be unpredictable and filled with posturing but it’s the action taking place off-screen that should really worry us

28th February, 2020
Boris Johnson is insisting that if a Canadian- or Australian-type deal is not offered, Britain walk away from talks with the EU in June. Picture: Getty

Red-blooded Brexit brinkmanship is back and, oh, is this going to be rough. Negotiations do not start until next week and already manoeuvres have started. We thought we had seen it all in 2019; the withdrawal agreement that could never be agreed; the Conservative Party turning itself inside out and the Labour Party looking on as if it all had nothing to do with them.

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