The political pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to abandon the idea of no-deal, but as the economy walks towards a recession, the British prime minister is trying to built up the economic viability of the “do-or-die” project.

On Thursday, Johnson underscored that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for a Brexit delay beyond October 31st.  He did not specify whether he would resign rather than ask for a delay, as he may be required by parliament. But he did reiterate a call for a...

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