Opinion: A no-deal Brexit amid the pandemic would be disgraceful

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. The idea seems to be that, in the midst of the pandemic, nobody would notice the additional disruption imposed by an overnight break in economic relations with the country’s most important partners and eternal neighbours. The country was repeatedly told it would be easy to secure an excellent free trade agreement, because it held “all the cards”. Video: Brexit Tension Flares, Increasing Risk of No Trade Deal (Bloomberg) Third, the UK is breaking its word. In order to reach his exit deal last October, Mr Johnson agreed that Northern Ireland would remain in the EU’s customs area and single market. Fourth, the political declaration accompanying October’s exit agreement stated that: “Given the Union and the UK’s geographic proximity and economic interdependence, the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition, encompassing robust commitments to ensure a level playing field . . . In so doing, they should rely on appropriate and relevant Union and internationalstandards, and include appropriate mechanisms to ensure effective implementation domestically, enforcement and dispute settlement (my emphases).” Thus, EU demands were known andaccepted bythe UK. Fifth, the globalising world economy assumed by Leave in the referendum campaign no longer exists. It is a good bet that, at the end of 2020, the UK economy will still be very depressed, with damaged businesses and frighteningly high unemployment. Finally, the longer-run outcomes of the pandemic will probably include permanently lower output, as happened after the financial crisis of 2007-08. The consensus of professional opinion is that the lost trade opportunities would lead to substantial long-term reductions in levels of productivity andoutput. He was also the president of the Oxford Union – a position previously held by former Prime Minister Edward Heath (1916-2005) and former Conservative leaderWilliam Hague. However, their marriage ended in 1993 following his reported affair with childhood friend Marina Wheeler, whom he first met while they were both pupils at the European School in Brussels, Belgium. Of his time at The Telegraph, Johnson remarked; “Everything I wrote from Brussels was having this amazing, explosive effect on the Tory party, and it really gave me this, I suppose, rather weird sense of power”.   In 1994, he acquired a column in The Spectator, and later went on to become the editor of the magazine in 1999, a role he continued until 2005. A few years later, Johnson again stood for Parliament and was elected as an MP for the Conservative seat of Henley-on-Thames in 2001, replacing Michael Heseltine. Johnson was also embroiled in a journalistic scandal around that time, when The Spectator published an insensitive editorial on the city of Liverpool and its relationship with grief following the murder of Ken Bigley and the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. The same year, he became the shadow minister for higher education after David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party. Other notable books include “Perils of the Pushy Parents: A Cautionary Tale” (2007) and “The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History” (2014). He was also named 2014 Honorary Australian of the Year in the U.K. at an Australia Day awards ceremony in London, England.