The Tories will blame coronavirus for all the ills of Brexit

A woman at Green Park station on the London Underground tube network wearing a protective facemask.

A woman at Green Park station on the London Underground tube network wearing a protective facemask. Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Some readers are taking a cynical approach to the coronavirus and how the fear will be used by the government.

How timely is this coronavirus for our Brexit government? For the next two years they can blame it for all the economic problems caused by Brexit.

Of course after that, they will have to find some other reason things are going wrong. A bad deal from the EU, a bad deal from the USA, immigrants, the whole world hating Britain?

Believe me, they will not blame it on the adverse effects of Britain leaving the European Union.

Roy Watson


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