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Britain and Europe at a CrossroadsThe Politics of Anxiety and Transformation$
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Andrew Ryder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200515

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200515.001.0001

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Boris Johnson: Getting Brexit Done?

Boris Johnson: Getting Brexit Done?

(p.145) 7 Boris Johnson: Getting Brexit Done?
Britain and Europe at a Crossroads

Andrew Ryder

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the premiership of Boris Johnson between July and December 2019, detailing the progress of Brexit negotiations and the General Election – events that shaped the final trajectory of Brexit but also in all probability the course of Britain’s future for the coming decades. The events described are thus literally nation defining. Brexit from its inception in 2016 had brought to society and politics extreme convulsions, drama and chaos and those characteristics were especially evident in the Johnson premiership, prior to the election. The former Prime Minister David Cameron was moved to describe some of the antics as “sharp practice”. Such traits were compounded by the fact that under the Johnson premiership Brexit resembled a game theory stratagem. Game theory is where individual agents or institutions are assumed to interact strategically and is a concept used in the chapter to try and decipher the machinations and tactics of a radicalised section of the political class through the application of the chicken game, madman theory and the opposition through Mexican standoff.

Keywords:   Chicken Game, Madman Theory, Mexican Standoff, Authoritarianism, Sharp Practice

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