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Boris Johnson's chaotic Brexit strategy

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11.09.2020

You can't break international law "in a very specific and limited way" any more than you can be pregnant in a limited and specific way. But that was exactly how the UK's Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis rather shamelessly described plans to draft legislation in direct violation of the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement in the British House of Commons. It was either a case of impudence or ignorance — likely the latter.

Everything that could be said about the quality of most of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Cabinet has. He deliberately surrounded himself with inexperienced yes men of dubious intellectual prowess, simply because they are easy to control. In the case of Health Minister Matt Hancock, under his watch the UK has the third highest coronvirus death rate in Europe in gross terms. With the possible exception of the clever and ambitious Michael Gove, Johnson has scraped the bottom of the political barrel for the rest of his team.

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The most recent evidence of this obsequiousness is the fact that no one dare call the prime minister's chaotic new Brexit strategy into question. As Johnson's proposed internal market bill is a blatant breach of law, and ministers are bound by oath of office to uphold the........

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