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Tories resort to 'blunderbuss approach' as Boris's scaremongering hits new low

Senan Molony


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Under the spotlight: The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photo: Johanna Geron/Reuters

Under the spotlight: The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photo: Johanna Geron/Reuters

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Under the spotlight: The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photo: Johanna Geron/Reuters

Boris Johnson is opposed to partition, he let the House of Commons know. The partition of the United Kingdom, that is, as he conjured notions of an EU fleet of warships enforcing a 'blockade' in the Irish Sea that would cut off Northern Ireland.

Channelling an inner Éamon de Valera, but while beating a 'no surrender' drum, the British Prime Minister insisted he was defending the territorial integrity of the UK.

He claimed the EU had secretly threatened to stymie any British agricultural exports to Northern Ireland "if we fail to reach an agreement to their satisfaction" on the wider relationship.