Sunday August 9, 2020

Boris Johnson: the boy who cried wolf is at it again

The British prime minister is threatening the EU with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, but its leaders are unlikely to cave

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
17th December, 2019
Boris Johnson reportedly plans to publish legislation to legally force himself to get the trade deal done by the end of next year. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

Here we go again. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.

When Boris Johnson took over as British prime minister in the summer, he went for the “shock and awe” tactic of threatening a no-deal, crash-out Brexit by October 31 unless he got his way with the EU.

Unsurprisingly, the EU did not blink. Johnson had...

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