The inside story of how Boris Johnson sealed his deal: A study of what personality and politics can achieve—or not—in an unequal power struggle against economic, legal and technocratic gravity
This is a superb piece by on how the Brexit deal was done
Great piecing together of the deal on the Irish Protocol by “Boris Johnson’s efforts to reach a breakthrough on Brexit speak to the importance of personality when it comes to politics and foreign policy”
Politic, personality and power. I thought this by was fascinating. Also made me think of comments about whether gender matters in these things in terms of the kind of chumminess that seems to have helped seal a deal
In Brexit, like politics generally, personality matters—as May discovered to her misfortune. But so too does legal, economic & diplomatic gravity—as Johnson discovered to his. Brexit Phase I exposed this clearly. Phase II will paint it in technicolour💥
Long read by on the Brexit endgame. This part is usually true - because officials can't simply sweep away their own red lines like Johnson did. And clearly did so without officials thinking in through, given the confusion on detail seen since
“The currency between leaders,” the official said, “is something they both understand.” Great long-read on how face-to-face talks between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson broke the Brexit deal deadlock
"Officials in both London and Dublin are clear that if the talks had been left in the hands of technocratic EU negotiators, a deal would not have been reached." Fantastic details from on how personality helped break the Brexit deadlock
Boris Johnson’s efforts to reach a breakthrough on Brexit speak to the importance of personality when it comes to politics and foreign policy, reports