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Boris Johnson's border bungles

If anyone doubted the shambolic nature of the official preparations for Brexit, they only needed to listen to the interview with the British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on BBC Radio Four's Today programme yesterday.

To the open incredulity of the presenter, Mr Johnson attempted to compare the enormous looming crisis involving the Irish border with the arrangements for congestion charges paid by motorists passing between the various boroughs of London.

It needs to be remembered that he is a figure seriously proposed by hardline Brexit supporters as a potential replacement for the beleaguered Theresa May in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson may revel in his regular description as the clown of the cabinet, but it is firmly up to the Irish government and the EU to ensure that the joke is not on the rest of us

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