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LONDON — Boris Johnson accused the EU of negotiating in bad faith, admitted to problems with the U.K. coronavirus testing program and did nothing to reassure his own civil servants in his second appearance before a House of Commons super-committee.
The prime minister was grilled for more than 90 minutes by the liaison committee — a group made up of the chairs of all the parliamentary select committees.
Johnson fared better than during his first appearance earlier in this year, when the exploits of his chief adviser Dominic Cummings prompted terse exchanges. But he was still questionable on the detail, at one point ending up stumped about a report he had previously promised to look at.
There were a couple of human moments in the hearing, when Johnson complained to Labour MP Meg Hillier that he did not like her “hostile tone,” when Conservative Tom Tugendhat corrected him on his Japanese, and when he rolled his eyes at a droning lecture from Brexiteer Bill Cash.
The topics covered Brexit, the coronavirus and plans for a foreign policy and defense shakeup. There was a good dose of classic Johnsonian bluster, but a string of revealing exchanges alongside.
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EU bad faith?
Johnson seemed unsure of whether the EU was negotiating in good faith or not, following the latest Brexit bust-up.
The prime minister has previously said the EU is threatening to “blockade” Northern Ireland by stopping exports from Great Britain,