This blogpost was written on Sunday morning, June 9th, 2019
It’s as if the past three years never happened. Airbrush Theresa May and her Brexit negotiations out of history. It’s back to the morning after the referendum and the UK “holds all the cards”.
Well, that seems to be the way Boris Johnson, favourite to become the next Tory leader and Prime Minister, sees it. Or, at least, wants us to see it. Maybe it is all smoke and mirrors.
In an interview in the Sunday Times, Johnson says that, if elected his government would:
- Hold on to the £39bn Brexit divorce payment until Brussels agreed more favourable terms
- Scrap the Northern Ireland Backstop and settle the Irish border issue only when the EU was ready to agree a future relationship
- Guarantee the rights of the 3.2m EU citizens living in the UK
- Step up preparations for no-deal and prepare for “disruption”.
If there is no deal with the EU on these terms, he would then take the UK out on October 31st next with no deal. Raw, red meat for the Brexit ultras, it would seem.