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Boris Johnson: A clown, even when he isn’t wearing the make-up.

Boris Johnson has launched his bid to be Conservative Party leader – and prime minister – amid a chorus of claims that he’ll sort out Brexit.

It’s like an awful, bad-taste joke.

The EU leaders think he is a disaster – as reported in the Graun earlier this week:

“People in Brussels are fed up that the political class in the UK has gone a little bit crazy,” Jean-Claude Piris, a former head of the European council’s legal service said.

For the EU, the bookies’ favourite Boris Johnson, is a Trumpian figure whose disputed claims and bombastic rhetoric played a major role in plunging the UK into what is seen in Brussels as the Brexit nightmare.

The former foreign secretary is remembered for his early 1990s stint as Brussels correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, where he made his name mocking EU regulations, promoting what the European commission calls “Euromyths”.

He achieved wider prominence for his claims during the EU referendum campaign. “He lied a lot to the British people,” the then French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said in 2016.

He lied a lot to the British people. Are Conservative Party members seriously considering making someone tarred as untrustworthy the leader of the UK?

“The idea of Boris Johnson in the European council is probably quite abhorrent to some EU leaders,” an EU source said. “Boris is known in foreign policy circles, certainly not respected. He’s also seen as part of a wider Trump world and no one wants that.”

The EU’s most senior civil servant, Martin Selmayr, once described a Johnson premiership as a “horror scenario”, classing him with Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump.

Mr Johnson is claiming that he will find a way to make a deal with the EU27 – but European leaders take an entirely different view:

Many EU insiders think the chances of no deal have increased, with the Tory party expected to choose a Brexiter prime minister.

“For me it is very clear the odds of no-deal Brexit are more than half and clearly if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister the odds will go up again,” said Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian MEP and member of the European parliament’s Brexit steering group.

And if you think that’s bad, read their views on Dominic Raab.

Source: EU view of Tory leadership candidates deeply critical, say sources | Politics | The Guardian

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