‘Ultra’ Brexiteer MPs could force PM’s hand

Some commentators – such as Lord Ricketts, see interview here– believe Boris Johnson now has almost a free hand on Brexit due to his large majority, but a UK politics professor has a different view.

If there are now many hardline Brexiteers in Parliament, it could be difficult for Mr Johnson to go for a softer Brexit or extend the transition, Professor Colin Talbot, of Manchester and Cambridge universities, said.

“I don’t have a good analysis of how many MPs are extreme Brexiteers, as opposed to more pragmatic,” he said. “ ...

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