Boris Johnson has not read text of Brexit trade deal, Downing Street signals

Downing Street has signalled that Boris Johnson has not read the full text of his EU trade deal, telling reporters only that the prime minister was “fully aware” of its contents.

Fisheries minister Victoria Prentis has come under fire for saying that she did not read the Trade and Cooperation Agreement when it came out on Christmas Eve because she was busy organising a nativity event.

But when Mr Johnson’s official spokesman was asked repeatedly whether the PM had read every word of the 1,246-page document, he was unable to confirm that he had.

Instead, he told a Westminster media briefing: “The prime minister is fully aware of the deal that we agreed.”
Pressed on whether Mr Johnson expected his cabinet colleagues to read the Agreement text, the spokesman said: “The prime minister and other ministerial colleagues are fully aware of the deal we agreed with the EU.”

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