With Brexit timed for Hallowe'en, the days leading up to the UK’s planned exit from the EU were always expected to get tricky.
But as Tuesday’s incendiary Number 10 memo appeared to signal the end for Britain’s already tortured negotiations with Brussels, the blame game for what was fast emerging as a spectacular failure of statecraft began in earnest.
Bearing all the hallmarks of Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief strategist, the explosive missive - sent to the Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth overnight - pointed the finger at Leo Varadkar’s “gamble on a second referendum”. Which must have made last night’s 40-minute phone call between Boris Johnson and the Irish Taoiseach...
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