Boris Johnson has had a good start as prime minister, on his own terms, but it is hard to escape the feeling that he is heading for a fall.
He has now been in post for a month, and his boisterous assertion that Britain will definitely be leaving the European Union on or before 31 October has rallied Eurosceptic opinion. The Conservatives are enjoying a modest revival in the opinion polls as former supporters of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party decide that they like what they hear from 10 Downing Street.
Now for the hard part. So far, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have been polite, but have offered no real prospect of a withdrawal agreement that is much different from Theresa May’s.
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