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Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's advisor who electrifies Brexit

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Dominic Cummings, London, 9th August 2019. PETER NICHOLLS / REUTERS

He is constantly walking around with a "Vote Leave" canvas bag, the Brexit campaign that he successfully led in 2016. In just a few days, Dominic Cummings, 47, is has become the central figure in the political debate, in a divided United Kingdom who is wondering what Boris Johnson is preparing to achieve Brexit by October 31, "Whatever happens," as he promised on the day of his appointment, July 24. Officially a simple adviser to Downing Street, this close to the Conservative Party is a true strategist of Mr. Johnson to organize a Brexit as brutal as possible.

Several articles present this historic Europhobe – he had already militated against the adoption of the euro at the turn of the 2000s – as the prime minister's chief of staff. During a morning meeting, this man willingly arrogant and brittle would for example directly threatened the government teams of reprisals in case of leakage in the press.

A graduate of Oxford, a fan of Bismarck, this graphomaniac who had not really had any influence since 2016 was writing a lot of blog posts before joining Mr Johnson. In the last one, published in June, he wondered how "Escape from the nightmare [de la gestion du Brexit par Theresa May] and move the government from lack of hope to high performance. ".

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"Spin doctor"

From the purest tradition of spin doctors In the space of a few weeks, he has obtained an unqualified level of power. "We have had prime ministers who are very close to their advisers, but never people who seem to control the work of ministers. He behaves like a deputy prime minister. It's as if the UK was ruled by someone who has not been elected. ", worries Tim Bale, professor of political science at Queen Mary University, London.

This ultrabrexiter would especially be working to save the Brexit from early elections, now more and more likely. Since a partial election organized on the 1stst August, the majority of conservatives do indeed hold more than one seat. It is enough that at the beginning of the parliamentary elections, planned for the beginning of September, a few conservative pro-European Union members will join the Scottish Labor and Independents to bring down Boris Johnson.