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“Boris: my case for Bri­tain to stay in Europe” said The Sun­day Times head­line, above a pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished piece by Boris John­son. To work out what he re­ally be­lieved back in Fe­bru­ary, John­son had writ­ten two ver­sions of his weekly Daily Tele­graph col­umn, one proLeave, the other pro-Re­main, be­fore opt­ing for the for­mer. His method of self-anal­y­sis didn’t sur­prise the colum­nist Do­minic Law­son. More than a year ago, John­son emailed Law­son: “Am wrestling with the Europe thing. Rea­sons for stay­ing in: Bri­tain force for good in Europe; his­toric need for us to be there to stop them screw­ing up, the Scot­tish prob­lem, etc; exit looks nega­tive, anti-for­eigner, etc. “Rea­sons to go: We set­tle our own des­tiny; free­dom to strike our own trade deals… re­stores health to democ­racy.” Jeremy O’Grady

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