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The curious roots of Boris Johnson’s unionism

The most successful advocates of the Anglo-Scottish union have understood that it fares better when presented as a negotiation rather than an ideological creed. Johnson, like many of his predecessors, forgets this

By Christopher Silver  

With a budget of £10m and no discernible brief, Boris Johnson’s tenure as the inaugural, self-appointed, Minister for the Union has been accompanied by a strange new phase of unionist politics.

Amongst the more exotic planks of a renewed commitment to the union is the concept of a bridge to Northern Ireland—the so-called “Boris Bridge”—which the…

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