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Dominic Cummings is throwing up a smokescreen to disguise the real Brexit plan

The last thing Boris Johnson wants is a no-deal Brexit in the middle of an election

By Paul Wallace  

Cummings in Downing Street. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

Powers behind the throne were once éminences grises, exercising their influence behind the scenes discreetly, but there is nothing shadowy about Dominic Cummings, who ran the Vote Leave referendum campaign in 2016. Now the prime minister’s right-hand political aide, he has hogged the headlines since his inflammatory suggestion that Boris Johnson could sit tight at No 10 if he lost a no-confidence vote in early September and call an election to be held after 31st October, making a no-deal Brexit a fait accompli.

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