Stephen Collins: NI protocol may be weaponised again as Boris Johnson clings to power

The prime minister’s fate now lies in the hands of senior civil servant Sue Gray

A camera lens focuses on the door of 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, as Boris Johnson faces calls to resign. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

A camera lens focuses on the door of 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, as Boris Johnson faces calls to resign. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Whether or not Boris Johnson’s current travails turn out to be the final act in a compelling political drama that has gripped British politics for the past six years, the outcome will have a direct impact on this country. His fate is likely to determine whether the Brexit saga and the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol can finally be resolved.

Of course it is too early to write Johnson off. The current frenzy in the British media about the prospect of the prime minister’s downfall is reminiscent of the hysteria which surrounded the three heaves against Charles Haughey 40 years ago. At the time the media consensus was that Haughey was doomed but he defied the odds and survived as party leader for another decade.

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