US News POINT OF VIEW. Brexit and the conservative revolution
Brexit: Brussels urges UK to drop “unacceptable” bill
© Pixabay Brexit: Brussels urges UK to drop “unacceptable” bill European Union (EU) urges United Kingdom to give up revisiting the Brexit agreement, especially as time is running out to reach an agreement on relations between the two blocs. While the negotiations between London and Brussels drag on the front of their post-Brexit relations and the risk of no deal is more than ever on the table, the European Union is raising its tone.
Christian Lequesne, Professor of Political Science in Paris, discusses the consequences of the Brexit debate for the Conservative Party.
In Britain, the Conservative Party has long relied on two principles: tradition, in the sense that standing up for what exists is always preferable to leaping into the unknown; economic liberalism, that is, the belief in market superiority over the state.
These two principles disappeared with Brexit. Boris Johnson thus rejects the tradition by completely mocking respect for the law.. Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former British Ambassador to Brussels, spoke of a move towards a "rogue state". Johnson also rejects economic liberalism because his law seeks to distribute state aid to companies without having to refer it to the European Union. Here is what would have displeased a Margaret Thatcher convinced that the state did not have to subsidize the economy.
Brexit: Theresa May accuses the government of threatening "the integrity of the United Kingdom"
The MP and former British Prime Minister accused the current government of endangering the peace in Northern Ireland © Kamran Jebreili / AP / SIPA Theresa May BILL - The MP and former British Prime Minister accused the current government of endangering the peace in Northern Ireland She will not vote for the text proposed by her successor Boris Johnson , because it would "cause untold damage to the reputation of the United Kingdom".
A New Revolutionary Party
Ironically, the Conservative Party has become with Johnson - a product of the English establishment - a new revolutionary party. It is about ignoring the past and embracing an ideology that meets the criteria of populism. Why ? First, because it is a fight against the elites. Judges, diplomats and BBC journalists have become enemies of the people suspected of loving Europe too much. Populist, because rationality no longer has any control over the decision. The only thing that counts now is the rhetoric of national glory. Talk to a Johnson supporter about the economic consequences of Brexit by pointing out that the country still achieves 50% of its trade with the Twenty-Seven. He will answer you: "It does not matter, we will ensure against the rest of the world. Nothing can happen to Great Britain, since we are Great Britain! "
“The revolution begins”: Dozens of new e-cars from China have just appeared on Corsica
Dozens of them rolled onto the picturesque Mediterranean island of Corsica this summer. White, sporty off-road vehicles with narrow headlights, completely without a radiator grille. Instead, with a logo that should pose a mystery to many Corsicans. It is a big experiment that the e-car manufacturer Aiways is daring in Corsica. It is the first attempt to establish a young, largely unknown Chinese brand in the heart of the automotive world, in Europe.
A country driven by a populist ideology
With Boris Johnson and Brexit, Britain has become a country driven by a populist ideology which does not care about expertise and economics. It is not trivial that British industrialists, who fear Brexit terribly after the shock of Covid-19, increasingly explain that the Conservative Party - their traditional ally - is no longer listening to any of their arguments.
In this context, it is not certain that Boris Johnson will reverse the law that contradicts the agreement with the Twenty-Seven on Northern Ireland, just as it is not certain that a treaty on the relationship future with the European Union be signed by the end of the year. Johnson supporters will tell you that they prefer a no deal to Europe anyway.Growing risk of the country breaking up
New Conservative voters, many of whom previously voted on the left, applaud this maximalist stance on Brexit. Except that they risk being the victims, since it is often modest people who will suffer the most negative consequences for employment. Finally, there is the growing risk of the country breaking up. Support for the Conservative Party is to be found in England, but not at all in Scotland and little in Northern Ireland. A majority of Northern Irish and Scots voted against Brexit. Johnson reinforces the desire for the reunification of the former and the independence of the latter. But it doesn't matter what the Prime Minister's supporters will tell you, because England cannot be wrong!
(*) Professor at Sciences Po Paris.
Brexit: For the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, "an agreement is possible" .
The Europeans have asked the British to withdraw, by Wednesday at the latest, a bill calling into question certain commitments made by the United Kingdom © ISOPIX / SIPA Ursula Von Der Leyen, in Brussels on September 22, 2020. NEGOTIATIONS - The Europeans have asked the British to withdraw, by Wednesday at the latest, a bill calling into question certain commitments made by the United Kingdom The president of the European Commission , Ursula von der Leyen, wants to believe it.