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Brexit and the final defeat of honesty

Even the government’s sporadic truth-telling is used to advance further falsehood

By Jonathan Lis  

Imagine if they had conceded in 2016 that there would be trading friction. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Indulge me, if you will, in a little thought experiment. Imagine that, in the run-up to last October, Boris Johnson had admitted that no-deal would cause untold chaos or disruption, and that people had voted for neither, but that he thought it would be worth it. That during the general election, he had spelt out the necessity of checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and carefully…

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