An explosive new book written by a former Top French diplomat looks back at Britain’s Brexit years, the Brexiters’ WW2 myths, and PM Boris Johnson’s lies without concessions.
First published in February 2021.
In an explosive new book, Goodbye Britannia, Sylvie Bermann, the former French ambassador to the UK between 2014 and 2017, calls the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson “an unrepentant and inveterate liar” and describes him as someone who feels he is not subject to the same rules as others.
“He uses lies to embellish reality, as a game and as instrument of power. The ends justify the means. He has no rules,” she says.
Goodbye Britannia, by Sylvie Bermann
In the book where she remembers the years that led to the Brexit vote in 2016, she writes about Brexiters living with a myth of a United Kingdom that won the Second World War and liberated Europe on its own, who she describes as “reciting a history in which the UK is never defeated, never invaded.”
Boris Johnson. | Flickr-Number 10
The Brexiters, she writes, have “a detestation of Germany and contempt for cowardice – the term is often used for those who allowed themselves to be occupied, not to mention collaborated.”
To what she concludes, “You cannot live with a history that stopped in June 1944.”
During the referendum campaign, the Brexiters kept lying to voters, she says, especially on immigration – it was a triumph of emotion over reason.
“How this country whose influence had been decisive in Brussels, which insolently rolled out the red carpet for French entrepreneurs and which Xi Jinping had elected in October 2015 as the gateway to Europe, at the dawn of a golden period, how has it undertaken to scuttle itself?” she asks.
Zoom call with Sylvie Bermann. | YouTube – Centre Thucydide, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas
What happens next? The former diplomat predicts that the UK will struggle on its own in a global world. At home, she thinks that “Boris Johnson’s temptation will be to hide the bill for Brexit under the Covid carpet, valued at more than £200bn for 2020, almost as much as the United Kingdom’s total contribution to the European Union since its accession in 1973, which was £215bn.”
How out of character!
- Zoom call with Sylvie Bermann | Centre Thucydide, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas
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[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 24 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]
(Cover: Flickr/Number 10. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Sedgehill Academy. | 23 February 2021. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)