Boris Johnson is losing all legitimacy thanks to a Brexit proposal which deliberately opens the door to a catastrophic no-deal exit from the European Union.

It now looks increasingly as if he cynically designed it to fail from the outset.

He would have known his initial ideas were unacceptable to Ireland and others and now there is too little time left for serious talks.

The PM must promise immediately to obey the law and sign the letter seeking a three-month extension to the UK’s membership to discover if a sensible departure is achievable.

Brexit hardliners who lied during the 2016 referendum campaign are lying again by pretending voters backed a no-deal or that it would be anything except a kamikaze move.

Ending free trade overnight with 27 countries who are our country’s most valuable partners would jeopardise jobs and livelihoods just to save Mr Johnson’s political skin.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
 

Don’t go too far

Mass arrests of Extinction Rebellion demonstrators in London, with around 500 detained by last night, is understandably dividing opinion.

Supporters of the campaign to tackle the climate emergency accuse the authorities of heavy-handedness while frustrated drivers, bus passengers and people struggling to get to work want the roads cleared.

It’s a thin line between legitimate protest and breaking the law. The protests could also alienate a public whose votes sway
politicians making the big calls.

Saving the planet is arguably the most important issue ever, so protesters must be careful to win, not lose, public support.

Save this jewel

We salute the NHS staff who rebuilt the face of a teenager whose jaw hung by a thread of skin after a riding accident.

Miraculous operations are carried out every day and either we fight to save our most precious public service or one day we’ll find only the rich can afford the finest medical care.