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Malcolm Rifkind: Boris is “primarily a journalist” who “gives more attention to the headlines”

The Conservative grandee on how the hard Brexiteers could bring about their own undoing

By Alex Dean  

Photo: Laura Lean/PA Archive/PA Images

Britain is on the verge of its biggest constitutional rupture in living memory. The decision to upend 45 years’ of integration with Europe has sent Westminster into meltdown and left politicians and journalists scrambling to work out the consequences. What does Brexit mean for our political system? What is going to happen?

Few are more qualified to answer than Malcolm Rifkind. Now 72, he is one of Britain’s elder statesmen, holding a host of cabinet positions under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, rising to Defence…

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