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The Observer view on the danger posed by Brexit during our greatest vulnerability | Observer editorial

The transition must be extended… even Boris Johnson knows that, although he won’t admit it For months, Boris Johnson and his band of hard Tory Brexiters talked of virtually nothing else. It was as though the moment on 31 January when Britain left the EU was the only thing in the world that mattered. It marked, for them, the climax of an opportunistic project that shook up Europe’s political landscape, brought a big election victory and confirmed Johnson’s ascendancy. It is now painfully clear, as the government struggles to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, that Britain is paying a heavy price for the Brexit distraction in the early weeks of 2020. Johnson and senior ministers were simply not paying sufficient attention as the virus rapidly migrated from China to these shores. Continue reading...

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