Sat. Jan 16th, 2021

Brexit will make all the election spending promises hard to keep

In contrast with the mood of largesse, economists say Johnson’s deal will lower state revenues by £26bn a year

If the president of the United States, a non-European, feels entitled to air his views about Brexit, I see no reason why the outgoing president of the European council, Donald Tusk – a much more agreeable Donald – should not air his.

Quoting Hannah Arendt, Tusk said: “Things only become irreversible when people start to think so.” Tusk, who rightly thinks the very idea of Brexit is, to quote another US observer, Michael Bloomberg, “a mistake”, says: “Don’t give up.”

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