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On Northern Ireland and Migrants, Johnson Seems to Place Politics Above Law

By Mark Landler

16 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Boris Johnson has taken a hard-right turn of late when it comes to immigration and post-Brexit negotiations with the EU. It may well be part of a desperate effort to stay in power.

LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a potentially lethal challenge to his leadership last week, he said he wanted to pull politics in Britain back to “the issues I think the people in this country want to talk about.”

His first two issues, changing trade rules for Northern Ireland and flying migrants to Rwanda, certainly got people talking. But they also thrust Britain into a nasty web of legal disputes that risks making the country look like an international scofflaw. And they did so with policies that critics describe as flimsy, cynical and ineffectual.

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