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Boris Johnson’s bold Brexit strategy praised as he stands firm in crunch EU talks

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Former Tory adviser Alex Deane claimed Boris Johnson had proven himself a good leader by making difficult decisions. While speaking to LBC host Andrew Castle, Mr Deane praised Boris Johnson’s confidence that a no deal Brexit was a better scenario for Britain than a bad deal with the EU. He insisted this pressure helps focus both the UK and EU on getting the best deal possible in the trade talks.

Mr Deane said: “This Government is on top of the issues you have been discussing.

“I think one of the big areas that we have seen progress on that distinguishes Boris from his predecessor is on Brexit.

“We have got a clear direction of travel and we know where we are going as a country.”

The LBC host argued against this and questioned what would be the outcome of the Brexit trade talks.

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He said: “We don’t yet know that, do we?

“Does it look like no deal to you?”

Mr Deane replied: “Well that was the point.

“Boris Johnson’s willingness to say no deal is better than a bad deal and mean it and the other side understanding this has meant we both have a better prospect of an agreement with our European friends.

“If we go to no deal we are prepared for it as a country.”

Mr Castle asked the former advisor if Boris Johnson had what it takes to lead Britain into the future despite the clear challenges 2020 has presented.

He said: “Nobody knows the consequences of actions taken now.

“But in terms of there being a visible presence of somebody that can be trusted and believed it, do we see the right stuff?

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“Do you think that people feel Boris Johnson is the right leader in a time of crisis?”

Mr Deane admitted confidence in Boris Johnson had wavered since the beginning of the crisis but he had shown determination in difficult situations.

Mr Deane said: “If you look at the polls he is about level with Keir Starmer on that front.

“The answer to that is yes but not as much as they did at the start of the crisis.

“I think people rightly acknowledge that the pandemic itself is an unprecedented challenge that anyone would struggle with.”

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