How wise is it to play Protocol poker with a weak hand everybody can see?

What do you suppose Boris Johnson is up to with his on the face of it, kamikaze tactics over the Protocol Bill?  By pursuing the most aggressive line he seems determined to court a confrontation with the EU.  Can he be serious, even as a survival strategy? As Peston points out, where Johnson is on shaky ground is that within the Protocol there is explicit provision to suspend it, where there are ‘societal difficulties… liable to persist’ via its Article …

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We’re in crisis now. Armageddon on Brexit and the Union may take a little longer

So the Stormont talks are in limbo. Why should they be different?  Everything else is, including the future of the Union. The reputation of failed prime ministers can rise after they retire defeated and the problems continue to confound their successors.  Even Theresa May is starting to look just a bit better.  Straight after he lost two elections in quick succession in 1974 ,Ted Heath’s reputation  as a statesman seemed secure when his  historic achievement of  EEC entry  that would …

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