Latest Issue

How dare Boris Johnson call this a compromise? 

The prime minister tries to sound conciliatory. But his Brexit plan is designed for UK hardliners and no one else

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/PA Images

If Brexit didn’t threaten to drive the economy into a wall, plunge the lives of millions of people into immediate chaos and endanger the peace process in Northern Ireland, you would have to laugh at it. Here is a true masterpiece of its absurdist genre: the more things change, the more everything stays the same.

Boris Johnson has trodden a familiar path in the last two days. Indeed it is so familiar that it more or less exactly follows the script his predecessor obeyed a…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect