A hydrogen-fuelled future energises Johnson
His diary is jammed with Covid and Brexit problems but the PM is most excited by the prospect of a green recovery
One of the most important things to understand about Boris Johnson is that he really does mean it on Brexit. He keeps in the closest of contact with his chief negotiator David Frost and was personally involved in the dramatic but ill-conceived plan to use the Internal Market Bill to disapply parts of the withdrawal agreement. “He’s more hardline than Frost on Brexit,” says one Downing Street figure who knows both men well.
But to say that he doesn’t want a deal — a claim made by many of his critics — is false. In an emotional sense, he would be more comfortable leaving with one than without one. Over the next few weeks, we will see which of these instincts is stronger.