It was heavy on charm – the prime minister likes to call reporters by their first name – but his press conference was light on detail.Anyone hoping for facts and figures from Boris Johnson during his visit to Belfast was left bitterly disappointed.How much cash has his government committed to the new power-sharing administration to address the crises in public services? No substantive answer.Why does he keep saying there will be no checks between Northern Ireland and GB after Brexit when the Withdrawal Agreement states otherwise? No substantive answer.How can he keep his manifesto pledge to halt historical prosecution of veterans who served during the Troubles when that won’t be his call? No substantive answer. Advertisement The prime minister described a question from the Belfast Telegraph newspaper as “unfair” but it was entirely justified. “Was this visit just a publicity stunt?”Irish PM Leo Varadkar had more reason than his British counterpart to seek some of the reflective glory from the breakthrough – he is poised to call a snap election. More from Boris Johnson Boris Johnson employs David Cameron’s former personal photographer Boris Johnson hails ‘wonderful compromise’ as Northern Ireland devolution restored Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar to meet leaders… Read full this story
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