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The European Union has abandoned indulgence of UK delusions, and you cannot blame them

The UK’s international reputation has never been lower, and its government has never been so utterly discredited

By Jonathan Lis  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Council President Donald Tusk at the G7 earlier this year. Photo: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images

If the diplomatic gloves were ever really on, it is safe to say they have now been wrenched off. In an extraordinary week, Downing Street has issued a briefing explicitly threatening our closest allies with punishment, the prime minister has advertised the fact he intends to break the law, No 10 has attacked and smeared Angela Merkel, and European Council president Donald Tusk has openly berated Boris Johnson…

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