‘I will NOT back down’: Boris Johnson defies EU fury at threat to ‘tear up’ Brexit divorce terms on Northern Ireland after Michel Barnier warns it would mean NO trade deal – but PM says that would still be a ‘good outcome’ for the UK

‘It is a very blunt instrument,’ the insider told the FT. ‘The bill will explicitly say the government reserves the right to set its own regime, directly setting up UK law in opposition with obligations under the withdrawal agreement, and in full cognisance that this will breach international law.’

Boris Johnson ‘is resisting pressure’ to publish Priti Patel bullying report amid claims it found evidence of wrongdoing but NOT enough to sack the minister

Boris Johnson is said to be resisting calls to publish a report into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel. The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary are pictured together during a visit to a police headquarters in North Yorkshire in July 

The days could be numbered for Boris Johnson’s Trump tribute act

The opposite pertains if Trump defies current polling and wins a second term. A lesson that Downing Street would take from such a comeback is that doubling down on incendiary rhetoric works; that the limit of decency defined by constitutional lawyers is a laughable fiction; that the anguished cries of liberals herald success; that elections […]

Boris Johnson should focus on beating Covid-19 not breaking the law, Keir Starmer demands

“A deal can be struck in the next few weeks, the issues outstanding are not unsurmountable. To have no deal would be a failure of negotiation, a failure that has to be owned by the Prime Minister.”

Cabinet minister admits Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up Brexit divorce deal WILL break international law as top Government lawyer quits hours before talks restart and Theresa May warns UK will ‘no longer be trusted’

Downing Street says it is the last chance to clarify the situation in law before the end of the year. Some Tories believe the timing of the move is part of a broader tactic designed to put pressure on the EU to cut a deal now or risk the UK acting independently in even more […]

Boris Johnson is accused of deploying Donald Trump’s tactics in Brexit trade talks amid huge Tory mutiny over PM’s plant to ‘tear up’ divorce deal

But Mr Johnson only has himself to blame for the most controversial element, his decision to go back on the agreement with the EU concerning Northern Ireland. Last November, when he was trying to woo Ulster Unionists to back his Brexit deal, he promised there would be no customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland […]

Boris Johnson to name Prince William’s former right-hand man as head of civil service

Jonathan Slater, the top civil servant at the Department for Education, was sacked last week following the exams fiasco – only days after Sally Collier quit her post as head of the under-fire exams regulator Ofqual.

Theresa May issues furious swipe at Boris Johnson’s changes to the Brexit deal

And finally, under the deal, EU ‘state aid’ rules will apply to firms in Northern Ireland, and not the rest of the UK. But the UK wants to give its own ministers the power to spell out how this will work, to avoid firms in Britain being drawn into the system.

The escalating delinquency of Boris Johnson and his gang of blue anarchists

A regime with an unveiled contempt for both officials and conventions probably shrugged at the resignation of Sir Jonathan Jones as the head of the government’s legal department. Nor do they seem bothered that they have hideously compromised the offices of the attorney general and the lord chancellor who have both sworn solemn oaths to […]

Former UK leaders unite to slam Boris Johnson on Brexit plan

The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but it is in a transition period that effectively sees it benefit from the bloc’s tariff-free trade until the end of the year while a future relationship is negotiated. Even before the latest standoff, discussions between the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his U.K. counterpart, David […]