Inside Boris Johnson’s Brexit Gamble
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson played an elaborate game of bluff to strike a Brexit deal with Europe. He is now trying to finish his gambit on the home front.
’s #Brexit Gamble. Our account of how the deal happened and what’s comes next with
Merkel was pleased that Johnson left his public bluster at the door and showed a grasp of the trade-offs posed by Brexit, combined with clear priorities. “He left an impression of someone who wants a deal,” said an official familiar
Merkel soon overruled Brussels’ insistence that reopening negotiations was impossible. In her pragmatic view, Germany and Europe need the U.K. as an ally after Brexit, including on foreign and security policy.
Thus, “Boris’s threat of a no-deal worked,” a senior #EU official said Thursday.