Wiliness of EU leaders gives Johnson room to manoeuvre

Boris Johnson’s claim that regulatory checks at the Irish Sea would undermine the Good Friday Agreement is bogus – just ask Northern voters

25th August, 2019

In the era of fake news and spin-masters, the coverage of Boris Johnson’s visit to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron by the Tory media in Britain should come as no surprise. Victory salutes and breakthroughs were trumpeted. Johnson was accorded a triumph by the right-wing newspapers which were ardent supporters of Brexit.

But the truth is very different.

If Macron and Merkel had afforded him a public cold shoulder, Johnson would have sold...

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