Brussels calls out UK’s Boris Johnson over fishy anecdote
19 July 2019 | 11:30 am
The EU has accused UK leadership hopeful Boris Johnson of fake news over his complaint that "Brussels bureaucrats" made life hard for smoked herring sellers. It emerged that the rules were made by the UK, and not the EU.
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