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School of Politics and International Relations

Many perils ahead for Johnson before election in Britain


Shortly after six on Thursday evening, Nigel Farage, the insurgent leader of the Brexit Party, welcomed a special guest to his national radio show. President Trump, calling in from Washington to disparage Mr Corbyn and urge Mr Johnson to forge a hard-line pro-Brexit alliance with Mr Farage. In less than 30 minutes of drive-time banter, Mr Trump utterly scrambled the narrative, dominating the next day’s headlines, giving Mr Farage and his fringe party much-needed oxygen and reminding analysts that nothing in this
six-week campaign is likely to go as the soothsayers predict. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “It’s all about control of the narrative. If Johnson can keep the message on getting Brexit done, and if Corbyn can’t counter with his anti-austerity, populist message, the Conservatives will probably win.”
PDF available on request: The New York Times



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