Alastair Campbell accuses Boris Johnson of ‘delusions’ in outburst on Brexit extension

Boris Johnson ‘thinks he has mystical charm’ says Campbell

Tony Blair’s former adviser Alastair Campbell attacked Boris Johnson over the announcement that Brexit talks would continue with the EU. While speaking on BBC, Mr Campbell insisted the Prime Minister was being delusional and did not have a mystical charm that would resolve Brexit issues. He added that he thought the differences between the UK and EU were bigger than being portrayed.

However, he admitted that neither side wants a no deal Brexit but no side seems prepared to budge.

Mr Campbell said: “Boris Johnson deludes himself that he has this mystical charm that he can work upon these people.

“By every single account you hear, the dinner with Ursula von der Leyen was a bit of a car crash.

“He reaches out to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, yes they are powerful people within the European debate, but they are 27 countries who have met to mandate Michel Barnier to negotiate with David Frost.

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“That is what they have said the whole way through this process.

“I think Boris Johnson has always just thought he would be able to wriggle his way out of it towards the end.”

Mr Campbell also predicted that some form of deal will happen as neither side wants a no deal scenario. 

He said: “I think the EU are holding very firm, they don’t want no deal.

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“They recognise that no deal would be a disaster for them and an even bigger disaster for the UK, they don’t want it.

“I think there is a part of them that think Boris Johnson is incompetent and out of his depth.

“I think some of them have wanted the possibility of a no deal Brexit all along.”

Mr Johnson announced on Sunday the UK and EU were unable to come to an agreement on a Brexit trade deal.

He added that a no deal was becoming increasingly likely. 

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He told Sky News: “I’ve got to repeat that the most likely thing now is of course that we have to get ready for WTO terms.

“Don’t forget everybody, we’ve made huge preparations for this. We’ve now been at this for four and a half years.

“We’ve got ready and the UK will do very, very well.”

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