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Boris Johnson vs Andrew Neil confirmed we’re heading for Brexit crisis

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13.07.2019

It was like that video of Johnson playing soccer and rugby-tackling an opponent. Andrew Neil and Johnson were playing under different rules; Neil didn’t manage to stop the next prime minister, but he did slow him down and Johnson came out of it looking a little more ridiculous than before.

Neil is a great interviewer and caught Johnson out twice. The first was a transcript for the ages, as Johnson corrected Neil on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Neil: “You talk about Article 5b in GATT 24 – ”

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Johnson: “Paragraph 5b. Article 24. Get the detail right. Get the detail right, Andrew. It’s Article 24, paragraph 5b.”

Neil: “And how would you handle paragraph 5c?”

Johnson: “I would confide entirely in paragraph 5b, because that is – ”

Neil: “How would you get round what’s in 5c?”

Johnson: “I would confide entirely in paragraph 5b which is enough for our purposes.”

Neil: “Do you know what’s in 5c?”

Johnson: “No.”

Paragraph 5c says that the interim agreement Johnson expects to make with the EU to avoid tariffs after a no-deal Brexit........

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