LONDON (Reuters) – Dominic Cummings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, said on Thursday the current Brexit maelstrom was a “walk in the park” compared to the 2016 EU referendum, saying there was no pressure and they were enjoying it, the Daily Telegraph said.
Dominic Cummings played a key role in masterminding the leave camp to victory in the vote three years ago and joined Johnson’s staff after he took office in July since when the already chaotic Brexit process has become even more confused.
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Johnson has vowed that Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal, but parliament has passed a law to compel him to seek an extension if he has not gotten an agreement by Oct. 19.
At a book launch for a businessman who supported the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, Cummings rejected a suggestion that the government would back a “soft” Brexit because of the pressure to get a deal by Johnson’s deadline at the end of October.
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“To put your mind absolutely at rest on that we are not under pressure at all. The referendum was pressure, the referendum was difficult,” Cummings said, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“This is a walk in the park compared to that. All the Vote Leave team, we are enjoying this, we are going to win, we are going to leave, don’t worry,” he said in a rare public appearance.
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In 2016, 17.4 million voters, or 52%, backed Brexit while 16.1 million, or 48%, voted to remain. The country and parliament remain bitterly divided, with no majority support among lawmakers for the main options: a deal, a no-deal exit, a second referendum, or remaining in the EU.
On Tuesday, Johnson suffered a humiliating defeat in Britain’s...
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