Addressing the Cabinet today, Boris Johnson reached for a vivid cinematic reference to describe the state of the Brexit negotiations. ‘It’s a bit like The Shawshank Redemption. We’re in the tunnel,’ he said – using the EU’s term for the final, intense phase of the talks. In the 1994 film, a prisoner crawls through a rancid mile-long sewage tunnel before finally tasting freedom. Later, before the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, he compared the talks to climbing Everest, saying: ‘We are not quite at the summit, we are at the Hillary Step. The summit is not far but at the moment it is still shrouded in cloud.’ It was typical Boris – both summarising his predicament and raising a laugh, even when the chips are down. But however easy he found it to make light of the situation, today was a difficult day for the Prime Minister, and the first time he has tasted the intransigence of the DUP. Today was a difficult day for the Prime Minister, and the first time he has tasted the intransigence of the DUP (pictured, leader Arlene Foster) It was Mr Johnson’s (pictured) hopes of doing a deal which were scuppered by the… Read full this story
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