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Brexit LIVE: 'Two tactical errors' of Johnson's EU exit exposed as leadership race boils


The Conservative Party leadership contest is heating up, with Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat left in the running. But the candidates are not giving enough attention to how they will reap the benefits of Brexit, according to one pundit. Writing for Bloomberg, commentator Clive Crook identifies two “tactical errors” with how Mr Johnson has approached Brexit: “First, as a former member, Britain would be negotiating with the EU from a position of weakness; second, and even more important, the EU would be pleased to watch Brexit fail, and fail conspicuously, to discourage other rebellions.” He explains this is why Mr Johnson’s approach, “all theatre and provocation”, has failed. He continued: “Standing on what Britain supposedly needs and demands might have traction at home, but has none whatever with the EU. Britain’s only hope is patient, cooperative, detail-oriented talks based on mutual advantage.”

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