Attending the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in 2018, New European editor-in-chief Matt Kelly found himself seated next to a former advisor to Boris Johnson, who lamented the crisis into which his old boss’s decision to back Brexit had plunged the nation.
At the time, Johnson’s future was very uncertain, having quit a few weeks earlier as Theresa May’s foreign secretary. He deeply regretted going down the pro-Brexit route, Kelly’s dinner companion said, and wishes he “sent the other letter” to the Daily Telegraph, referring to his infamous column supporting Brexit.
“He knows he’s f***ed up massively. Now he’s working out how to get himself out of the mess.”
Who was this former aide? None other than Guto Harri, Johnson’s new director of communications. Whether Harri can help extricate Johnson from “the mess” remains to be seen.