Thursday January 23, 2020

Tearing up the rules gets the Brexit deal done

Boris Johnson’s prior expulsion of the 21 Tory lawmakers was a clear signal that he didn’t need the DUP’s help to seal the deal with Europe

20th October, 2019
British prime minister Boris Johnson and European Comission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels last week Pic: Getty

It was supposed to be out of the question. But in the end, it was two men sitting down in a room that cracked the deal. According to EU sources, the turning point was when prime minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met in a Tudor mansion in Liverpool, nearly 700 kilometres away from the Berlaymont.

This wasn’t how it was supposed to go. The first decision of the remaining 27 member states after the...

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