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On Brexit Anniversary, Boris Johnson’s Team Struggles to Say What’s Better

  • Boris Johnson’s spokesman asked to name major gains of divorce
  • Cites trade deals, bill of rights and aim to repeal EU-era law
Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting in London.

Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting in London.

Photographer: Andy Rain/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson famously led the campaign to take the UK out of the European Union. But on the six-year anniversary of the vote, his team struggled to come up with ways in which the country is better off.

“We’re committed to realizing the benefits of Brexit,” the prime minister’s spokesman, Jamie Davies, told reporters on Thursday, when asked to identify the biggest gains from divorcing the UK’s biggest trading partner. He pointed to new trade deals, as well as a “bill of rights” and a plan to repeal laws inherited from the EU -- just announced on Wednesday -- as examples.