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The inside story of the Number 10 split over the PM's Brexit strategy

Boris Johnson with his chief strategist Dominic Cummings outside Downing Street
Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

He famously told Downing Street staff to be “cool like Fonzies” in the face of mounting political pressure over Brexit, but Dominic Cummings’ somewhat hot-headed approach to the EU negotiations appears to be heralding less than happy days at Number 10.

With rumours of a rift with Boris Johnson’s chief of staff Sir Eddie Lister beginning to emerge after what is now widely accepted to be Cummings’ explosive memo declaring the Brexit negotiations dead on Monday, there are genuine fears the former Vote Leave boss’s quest to honour the referendum result could end up destroying the Conservative Party in the process. 

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister appeared to row back on Cummings’ suggestion that...

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