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Johnson is already losing the proxy war - but perhaps that's his plan

Jul 19, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

It was meant to be a debate about Northern Ireland. Instead, it turned into a proxy war over Brexit. Still, doesn't everything, these days? To summarise: opponents of Boris Johnson had pinned a crafty add-on to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, designed to prevent the next prime minister suspending Parliament to force a no-deal Brexit. Ian Paisley Jr (DUP, N Antrim) protested to the House.

"It is an outrage that this Bill is being hijacked!" he scowled. He sounded livid. The...