Project Fear is still haunting the national debate on a clean break from EU regulations

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See also:

Sam Knight, “Theresa May Has Poisoned the Well of British Politics,” New Yorker, March 21, 2019,

Erin McLaughlin and Kara Fox, “Brexit delay agreed after tumultuous talks with Theresa May,” Cable News Network, March 22, 2019,

James Rothwell et al., “EU leaders offer UK delay to May 22 – if MPs back Theresa May’s deal,” Telegraph, March 22, 2019,

Gordon Rayner, Anna Mikhailova, and Samantha Herbert, “MPs back indicative votes to take control of Brexit process leaving Theresa May’s authority in shreds,” Telegraph, March 25, 2019,

Gordon Rayner, Harry Yorke, and Jack Maidment, “Conservatives tell Theresa May to set her exit day on Wednesday to get her Brexit deal through Parliament,” Telegraph, March 26, 2019,

William Booth and Karla Adam, “Theresa May bows to pressure and says she will resign before next phase,” Washington Post, March 27, 2019,

Max Colchester and Jason Douglas, “Theresa May’s Vow to Resign Doesn’t Yield Brexit Breakthrough,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2019,

Associated Press, “British lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time,” Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2019,

Jack Maidment, “Theresa May’s deal defeated again by 58 votes – PM hints at general election to break deadlock,” Telegraph, March 29, 2019,

Michael Savage and Toby Helm, “Furious Tory MPs tell May: we’ll block snap Brexit election,” Guardian, March 30, 2019,

Max Colchester and Jason Douglas, “Theresa May Courts Opposition in Bid to Break Brexit Impasse,” Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2019,

Deutsche Welle, “EU’s Barnier: May deal is the only path to orderly Brexit,” April 2, 2019,

Gordon Rayner et al., “Theresa May ignores Cabinet support for no-deal Brexit as she turns to Jeremy Corbyn for help,” Telegraph, April 2, 2019,

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Bruno Waterfield and Adam Sage, “Brexit: EU leaders set to reject request for second short delay,” Times, April 3, 2019,

Karla Adam and Michael Birnbaum, “Brexit: Britain preps for E.U. elections, three years after voting to leave the E.U.,” Washington Post, April 5, 2019,

Max Colchester and Laurence Norman, “Theresa May Seeks Brexit Extension to June 30,” Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2019,

Heather Stewart and Daniel Boffey, “Hopes of Brexit progress fade as Labour says May has failed to compromise,” Guardian, April 5, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Rowena Mason, “Theresa May agrees to October Brexit as Tusk warns UK: ‘don’t waste this time,’ Guardian, April 10, 2019,

Michael Birnbaum and William Booth, “E.U. leaders offer to extend Brexit until October, avoiding chaotic exit on Friday,” Washington Post, April 10, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Rowena Mason, “Theresa May agrees to October Brexit as Tusk warns UK: ‘don’t waste this time,’ Guardian, April 10, 2019,

Gordon Rayner et al., “EU delays Brexit date to Hallowe’en – with review in June – on bruising night in Brussels,” Telegraph, April 11, 2019,

Oliver Wright, “Tory Brexiteers rewrite the rules in fresh bid to oust Theresa May,” Times, April 23, 2019,

Toby Helm and Michael Savage, “Brexit: anger grows at May-Corbyn bid to stitch up deal,” Guardian, May 5, 2019,

Sam Coates and Kate Devlin, “Don’t cave in to Labour on Brexit, Tories tell Theresa May,” Times, May 6, 2019,

Sam Knight, “The Alarming Return of Nigel Farage,” New Yorker, May 21, 2019,

Elizabeth Piper, William James, and Kylie MacLellan, “Brexit brings down May, Johnson stakes leadership claim,” Reuters, May 24, 2019,

British Broadcasting Corporation, “European elections 2019: Brexit Party dominates as Tories and Labour suffer,” May 27, 2019,

Max Colchester, “U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Appear in Court Over Brexit Claims,” Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2019,

Jessica Elgot and Patrick Wintour, “Donald Trump to land in UK amid rising anger over trade demands,” Guardian, June 2, 2019,

Adam Taylor, “Brits are fiercely protective of their health-care system. Trump suggested he wants it included in trade talks,” Washington Post, June 4, 2019,

Michael Savage and Toby Helm, “Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit plan ‘will trigger early election,’” Guardian, June 15, 2019,

William James and Elizabeth Piper, “Under ‘dark cloud’ of Brexit, UK minister quits before Johnson becomes PM,” Reuters, July 22, 2019,

William Booth and Karla Adam, “Boris Johnson, Brexit cheerleader, to become Britain’s next prime minister,” Washington Post, July 23, 2019,

Peter Foster and James Rothwell, “Tepid Barnier welcomes Boris Johnson as EU takes ‘wait and see’ approach to Brexit talks,” Telegraph, July 23, 2019,

Rowena Mason, “Tory rebels warn Boris Johnson: ditch no deal or face fight for survival,” Guardian, July 23, 2019,

Gwynne Dyer, “Boris Johnson is quite possibly the last prime minister of the United Kingdom,” Hamilton Spectator, July 24, 2019,

Anna Mikhailova et al., “Michel Barnier rejects Boris Johnson’s ‘unacceptable’ Brexit plan,” Telegraph, July 25, 2019,

Heather Stewart, Lisa O’Carroll, and Daniel Boffey, “Brussels repels Boris Johnson’s quest for new Brexit deal,” Guardian, July 25, 2019,

Steven Swinford, “Boris Johnson: preparing for no-deal Brexit is top priority,” Times, July 25, 2019,

Tom Newton Dunn and Nick Gutteridge, “PM Boris goes on the attack against EU and Corbyn on Commons debut,” Sun, July 26, 2019,

Peter Foster and Camilla Tominey, “Boris Johnson warned that ‘no deal’ Brexit will require return of ‘direct rule’ in Northern Ireland,” Telegraph, July 26, 2019,

Christopher Hope, “Boris Johnson to unveil biggest ad campaign since Second World War to prepare for ‘no deal,’” Telegraph, July 28, 2019,

Lisa O’Carroll and Rowena Mason, “Johnson told no-deal Brexit will crush domestic policy plans,” Guardian, July 28, 2019,

Karla Adam and William Booth, “Could Boris Johnson’s ‘no-deal’ Brexit break up the United Kingdom?” Washington Post, July 29, 2019,

Siobhán O’Grady, “Why Boris Johnson is already clashing with Ireland over Brexit,” Washington Post, July 30, 2019,

Amanda Ferguson and William Booth, “Northern Ireland’s politicians don’t agree on much. Except that Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit would be a disaster,” Washington Post, July 31, 2019,

Nick Hopkins, “UK less able to cope with hard Brexit than it was in spring, say officials,” Guardian, August 1, 2019,

Edward Malnick, “Dominic Cummings tells MPs: you’ve missed your chance to stop no-deal Brexit,” Telegraph, August 3, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Rowena Mason, “Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating Brexit deal, EU told,” Guardian, August 5, 2019,

Peter Walker, “MPs opposing no-deal Brexit will need new tactics, report says,” Guardian, August 11, 2019,

Bobby Allyn and Frank Langfitt, “Leaked Brexit Document Depicts Government Fears Of Gridlock, Food Shortages, Unrest,” National Public Radio, August 18, 2019,

Agence France-Presse, “EU rejects Johnson’s demand to scrap Irish backstop,” France24, August 20, 2019,

Rebecca Staudenmaier, “Brexit: UK to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal scenario,” Deutsche Welle, August 20, 2019,

Amy Davidson Sorkin, “The Double Dishonesty of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Proposals,” New Yorker, August 22, 2019,

Steven Swinford and Henry Zeffman, “Alternative to Irish backstop and Brexit deal is possible, Angela Merkel tells Boris Johnson,” Times, August 22, 2019,

Henry Zeffman, “Brexit: Angela Merkel’s 30-day gambit piles pressure on Boris Johnson,” Times, August 22, 2019,

Danielle Sheridan, “Nigel Farage warns Boris Johnson Brexit Party can be ‘his best friend or worst enemy,’” Telegraph, August 27, 2019,

Karla Adam and Michael Birnbaum, “Allies of British prime minister resign amid outrage over Parliament suspension,” Washington Post, August 29, 2019,

Jessica Elgot, “Johnson could sacrifice majority by withdrawing whip from rebel MPs,” Guardian, September 1, 2019,

Kate Proctor, “Irish border after Brexit – all ideas are beset by issues says secret paper,” Guardian, September 2, 2019,

Francis Elliott, Kate Devlin, and Esther Webber, “Tory rebels are handing power to Corbyn junta, says Boris Johnson,” Times, September 3, 2019,

Charlie Cooper, Annabelle Dickson, and Emilio Casalicchio, “Boris Johnson loses control,” Politico, September 4, 2019,

Kevin Sullivan and Karla Adam, “Boris Johnson suffers two major losses in Parliament, leaving his governing authority and the terms of Brexit in doubt,” Washington Post, September 4, 2019,

Peter Walker, “Six ways Boris Johnson could evade block on no-deal Brexit,” Guardian, September 9, 2019,

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “Boris Johnson sends British MPs home until October 14 after confirming Parliament prorogue,” September 10, 2019,

Griff Witte and Karla Adam, “A chaotic final night for Parliament leaves Johnson with bleak choices on the path to Brexit,” Washington Post, September 10, 2019,

Deutsche Welle, “Brexit: Ireland doubts Boris Johnson can do a deal with EU,” September 13, 2019,

Tim Ross, Jess Shankleman, and Alex Morales, “Boris Johnson’s Nightmare on Downing Street,” Bloomberg, September 13, 2019,

Jennifer Rankin and Daniel Boffey, “EU officials reject Boris Johnson claim of ‘huge progress’ in Brexit talks,” Guardian, September 15, 2019,

Daniel Boffey, “EU’s chief negotiator calls Johnson’s backstop solution ‘unacceptable,’” Guardian, September 23, 2019,

Henry Zeffman and Steven Swinford, “Brexit row: Divisive language harms chance of a deal, Tories warn Johnson,” Times, September 27, 2019,

Lisa O’Carroll and Heather Stewart, “Boris Johnson’s ‘secret Irish border plans’ dismissed as non-starter,” Guardian, September 30, 2019,

Peter Foster, “Boris Johnson to reveal his final Brexit plan to EU leaders within 24 hours,” Telegraph, October 1, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Heather Stewart, “Dismay in Brussels as Boris Johnson finally reveals Brexit plan,” Guardian, October 2, 2019,

Lisa O’Carroll et al., “PM strikes secret deal with DUP as he draws up ‘final Brexit offer,’” Guardian, October 2, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, “EU calls on Boris Johnson to publish Brexit plan in full,” Guardian, October 4, 2019,

John Crace, “Conservatives know Boris Johnson is a fraud. But he’s their fraud,” Guardian, October 4, 2019,

Edward Malnick and Christopher Hope, “Boris Johnson to sabotage EU if forced to delay Brexit,” Telegraph, October 6, 2019,

Danielle Sheridan, Tony Diver, and Amy Jones, “Brexit latest news: Deal ‘essentially impossible’ after call between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel, Number 10 says,” Telegraph, October 8, 2019,

Toby Helm and Michael Savage, “Support grows for a new Brexit poll amid fears over Johnson’s plan,” Guardian, October 12, 2019,

Daniel Boffey et al., “Boris Johnson ‘on brink of Brexit deal’ after border concessions,” Guardian, October 15, 2019,

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Brexit: ‘Many issues’ still unresolved, warns Leo Varadkar,” October 16, 2019,

Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, “EU leaves door open to Brexit extension, in blow to Boris Johnson,” Guardian, October 17, 2019,

Rory Carroll and Lisa O’Carroll, “Rival unionists accuse DUP of catastrophic Brexit miscalculation,” Guardian, October 17, 2019,

Laurence Norman and Max Colchester, “U.K., EU Agree on Draft Brexit Deal, Paving Way for Key Vote,” Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2019,

Rowena Mason and Rajeev Syal, “‘It’s painful to choose’: ERG locked in internal talks over Brexit deal,” Guardian, October 18, 2019,

William Booth and Karla Adam, “Parliament votes to withhold approval of Brexit deal, postponing Boris Johnson’s moment of reckoning,” Washington Post, October 19, 2019,

Amy Davidson Sorkin, “Boris Johnson’s Bad Saturday and the Contradictions of Brexit,” New Yorker, October 19, 2019,

William Booth and Karla Adam, “Parliament denies Boris Johnson support for his fast-tracked Brexit deal, making Oct. 31 exit unlikely,” Washington Post, October 22, 2019,

Max Colchester and Jason Douglas, “Johnson’s Brexit Deal Clears Hurdle in Parliament but His Timetable Is Rejected,” Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2019,

Sam Knight, “How Brexit Will End,” New Yorker, October 25, 2019,

Gordon Rayner, “Boris Johnson will tell the EU he is prepared to accept post-Brexit border checks,” Telegraph, January 29, 2020,

Christopher Hope, “Boris Johnson team ‘infuriated’ as EU reneges on free trade deal,” Telegraph, February 1, 2020,

Madeline Grant, “Project Fear is still haunting the national debate on a clean break from EU regulations,” Telegraph, February 2, 2020,

Charles Hymas and James Crisp, “Britain will not accept EU rules to get a trade deal, says Boris Johnson,” Telegraph, February 2, 2020,

Danielle Sheridan and Asa Bennett, “Brexit latest news: Boris Johnson says UK must become champion of global free trade,” Telegraph, February 3, 2020,

Dominic Gilbert, “No-deal Brexit odds – what are the chances of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal?” Telegraph, December 24, 2020,

Martin Fletcher, “The Tory leadership candidates are all peddling dangerous delusions,” New Statesman, July 11, 2022,

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