We “underestimated the long-term and deep impact” of Mr Johnson’s writing on non-existent EU plan

Pour Pascal Lamy, “Boris Johnson did what people 30 years later would call fake news and provocation. He was a precursor. We did not think it would be dangerous. Nor, by the way, did our interlocutors on the British side . . . If we make a contemporary comparison, many of us also thought Donald Trump was silly.”

|   01/07/2019               |   Financial Times             |   Pascal Lamy             |   Droit et institutions

When Boris Johnson worked in Brussels a quarter of a century ago, the EU officials whom he ridiculed almost every day saw the future champion of Brexit as more of an entertainer than a threat.