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Boris Johnson’s Brexit will end in disaster. Let’s hope the disaster is his, not the country’s

The new prime minister's first day in office confirms his loose attachment to reality

By Jonathan Lis  

Boris Johnson waves outside Downing Street. Photo: PA

Boris Johnson’s first day in Downing Street has confirmed everything we knew and feared about him: a man consumed by his own legend, over-confident in his power, reckless in his ambition and unconcerned by his impact on anyone else. More importantly, it tells us everything we need to know about Brexit under his stewardship. Namely, that it will end in disaster unless parliament—or perhaps the electorate—coalesces to stop him.

Johnson’s speech frequently runs counter…

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