Boris Johnson “lies to embellish reality but also as an instrument of power”. These are the words Sylvie Bermann, France’s ambassador to the UK until 2017, uses to describe the British prime minister in her new book “Goodbye Britannia”. Bermann says that when she arrived to take up her post in 2014, London was a city of extraordinary dynamism and optimism, with French cabinet ministers queuing up to visit, all searching for Britain’s recipe for success. Then came Brexit, which saw all that blown up, deliberately, and for what? Bermann shared her experiences and insights with us.
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