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OpinionDespite A Bad Week, Boris Johnson Still Has A Fighting Chance

19:30  10 september  2019
19:30  10 september  2019 Source:   thefederalist.com

There was a spike in hate crimes against Muslims after Boris Johnson compared women wearing burqas to 'letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'

There was a spike in hate crimes against Muslims after Boris Johnson compared women wearing burqas to 'letterboxes' and 'bank robbers' Anti-racist group reports surge in hate crimes in the weeks after Johnson's comments, with 42% of street attacks referencing Johnson or his words.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Dublin, on Monday.CreditPhil Noble/Reuters. It was just another day in the new Britain, which has been bitterly divided since Tensions were high in a week of tumultuous developments. Outside Parliament on Monday, a fight broke up between a Leave supporter and a

Despite the series of defeats Johnson has suffered in ­Parliament this week , No 10 thinks it has got something out of it. As one Boris confidant puts it: ‘The public increasingly ­realise that MPs and Jeremy Corbyn want to delay and Boris wants to get this done. “That’s good for us and bad for them.”

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Despite A Bad Week, Boris Johnson Still Has A Fighting Chance© The Federalist Despite A Bad Week, Boris Johnson Still Has A Fighting Chance By many measures, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson just had his worst week: A couple of Cabinet members including his own brotherresigned; the House of Commons rejected Johnson's request to hold an election on Oct. 15; the House of Lords approved a bill that passed the House of Commons, supported by some senior Tories, that would block Johnson's attempt to leave the European Union without a deal and force Johnson to ask the EU for a Brexit extension.

The bill also makes it clear that any extension the EU is willing to offer and any costs associated with the extension the EU demands will be accepted. Once the queen gives her royal assent, this bill will become law, and Johnson may face jail time if he chooses not to comply.

Boris Johnson Refuses To Apologize For Racist Comments On Muslim Women

Boris Johnson Refuses To Apologize For Racist Comments On Muslim Women British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to apologize for Islamophobic comments he wrote in 2018 comparing Muslim women in burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers. Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was applauded in the House of Commons Wednesday for demanding an apology from Johnson over an article he wrote for The Daily Telegraph last year. Johnson’s column called a Danish ban on burqas “heavy-handed,” but said it was ridiculous that Muslim women “choose to go around looking like letterboxes” and suggested women wearing burqas look like “bank robbers.” Johnson, however, refused to apologize, arguing his column actually defended Muslim women’s rights.

It may have been one of the most turbulent weeks endured by a prime minister in modern Westminster history, but polling suggests Boris Others have a different recollection of an internal discussion in the middle of last week , where Dominic Cummings, Johnson ’s strategy adviser, was asked about the risk

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to try again on Monday to call a general election, a move that is expected to suffer the same fate as a first That has created an unusual situation in which his opponents, who would normally jump at a chance to vote him out of office, are fighting an attempt to

Johnson vowed he would rather "be dead in a ditch" than ask the EU for another Brexit extension. Believe it or not, in the midst of all of the chaos and defeats, Johnson in fact had some good news last week. According to Dominic Lawson, a renowned columnist for The Times of London, Johnson's unwavering determination to make Brexit happen on Oct. 31 has "energized" Britain's civil service and "despite the strains it imposes, represented a blessed relief after the opaqueness and immobilism of his predecessor (former PM Theresa May)."

Lawson also regards Parliament's recent vote for another extension as helping prove Johnson's point to the British people that "Parliament would do anything it could to block Brexit." Or, in former PM Tony Blair's words, "I personally believe so strongly in Brexit that I would do virtually anything to stop it.”

Johnson's personality has made the Brexit crisis worse

Johnson's personality has made the Brexit crisis worse Boris Johnson really is a record breaker. He lost a by-election faster than any other prime minister in modern history and now he has the worst voting record too. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); He is 4-0 down, four votes lost on the floor of the Commons, especially risible when you consider parliament has only sat for three days of his premiership. But even for Westminster, even for Westminster of 2019, this was a topsy turvy day.

Boris Johnson has blown it, surely. Even the man who invariably gets away with murder – rising above things that would sink any mortal politician – can only push the Tory faithful so far. After a week in which Johnson lost his majority, his control over Brexit and the trust of his brother in quick succession

Boris Johnson during Prime Minister's Questions last week . The situation has fueled inevitable whispers: could Johnson knowingly ignore the decree, essentially breaking the law in order to take Britain out of the EU? Despite his role being historically apolitical, there is little doubt about

Jeremy Corbyn and Parliament Lack Support

British people see what Parliament is up to, and they don't like it. A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times also found that "35% of voters say they want 'important issues' to be decided by the public in referendums, compared to 33% who are content for decisions to be made by the Parliament."

The poll also shows that while people's support of the Tories remains at 35 percent, support for the Labour Party has dropped 4 percent to 21 percent. Thus, the Tories have a 14 percent lead over the Labour Party. If an election were to be held today, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party and a self-declared socialist, would have no chance to become the next prime minister.

Another piece of good news came from the Brexit Party's leader, Nigel Farage. Johnson may not consider Farage a friend, but Farage extended Johnson an olive branch last week, saying, "If Boris decides the only way forward, to get Brexit delivered, is through a general election offering people a clean break, in those circumstances, I’m 100% behind him wanting to win the election, there would be a non-aggression pact.” Farage promised not to stand candidates against the Tories in the general election, and by working together, Johnson could lead a 100-seat majority.

Boris Johnson's own brother dramatically quit as an MP and government minister, accusing him of trashing the national interest

Boris Johnson's own brother dramatically quit as an MP and government minister, accusing him of trashing the national interest "In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest — it’s an unresolvable tension," Jo Johnson tweeted Thursday.

Johnson has faced a number of setbacks in Parliament recently, but has said the UK will still leave the EU on October 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to stick to his refusal to ask the EU for a Brexit extension despite the resignation of one of his ministers and Parliament passing a bill

“The Boris project is coming off the rails.” This bumbling has not gone unnoticed in the Britain beyond Little England. Still , Johnson is right about one thing: Britain needs an election. Johnson once observed that his chances of becoming prime minister were “about as good as the chance of

As if to give Johnson a political boost (albeit unwillingly), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the EU is losing patience and his government would veto any Brexit extension request. "We are not going to do this [extend the deadline] every three months." That's a big blow for the British Parliament.

What's Next for Johnson and Brexit?

The Times of London reports that Johnson and his brain trust, Dominic Cummings, seem set to decide on a "go big or go home" approach: Johnson will try to negotiate a deal with the EU at the EU summit on Oct. 17. If both sides fail to reach a deal, Johnson will not ask for another extension.

His action will break the "law" both houses of Parliament passed demanding he seek an extension, thus forcing Parliament to take him and his government to court for an emergency judicial review by the Supreme Court the week of Oct. 21. Johnson and Cummings' bet is that since the Supreme Court won't have enough time (between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31, the official Brexit deadline) to make a decision, the government can still go ahead with its "no deal" Brexit plan.

If Boris Johnson misled the Queen, it would be a bad look. Even for him.

If Boris Johnson misled the Queen, it would be a bad look. Even for him. In British Prime MinisterBoris Johnson's latest disaster, Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday that Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, leading to accusations that his government deliberately misled the Queen. That in itself might not be illegal. But lying to one of the most loved people in the country is hardly a great look for a Prime Minister already up to his neck. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Last week , when Boris Johnson was stymied by his lack of a parliamentary majority and Amber Rudd was planning her resignation from the cabinet, Italy Johnson has a better story to tell than Major did and is better placed than when Theresa May fought the 2017 election. Two years ago, prices were

Boris Johnson has received a boost in the polls despite suffering three major Parliamentary defeats and facing widespread criticism over the sacking of 21 Tory rebels. Two polls published on Saturday evening give the Conservatives a commanding lead over Labour

What if Parliament passes a no-confidence vote? Johnson will resign, and Corbyn of the Labour Party will take over and form a caretaker government until the general election. Believe it or not, in the midst of all this chaos, one thing uniting Brexiteers and the "remainers" in the Parliament and the general public is that very few want to see Corbyn become the next PM, even on a temporary basis. In the U.K., Corbyn is less popular than a "no deal" Brexit.

What if Parliament passes a bill between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31 to revoke Brexit completely? Cummings believes such an action will only strengthen the Tories' position and even hand Tories an election victory because, in his words, "Most MPs do not understand how much the country hates Parliament and wants someone to sort out this mess."

Johnson Is Trying To Avoid an Intraparty Civil War

Of course, the bolder the move, the bigger the risk. Johnson may face jail time if the court determines he broke the law for refusing to ask the EU for another Brexit extension. The "do or die" moment is fast approaching for Johnson and Great Britain.

While Johnson should remain firm and committed to his promise of delivering Brexit on Oct. 31,  he can't afford to lose allies. Yet he made a poor decision to expel 21 senior Tories who voted with the "remainers" in Parliament. A good leader shouldn't surround himself with only "yes" men anyway.

Boris Johnson: I didn't lie to the Queen

Boris Johnson: I didn't lie to the Queen UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected accusations that he lied to the Queen over his controversial suspension of Parliament in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. © Getty Images Boris Johnson's move has put the Queen at the center of a political controversy. Johnson was asked on Thursday if he had lied to the monarch, after a Scottish court ruled the day before that his government's advice to the Queen, which led to the five-week prorogation, was "unlawful." "Absolutely not," Johnson replied, according to the UK Press Association.

DEFIANT Boris Johnson will take his war against Brexit-blocking MPs to court rather than beg That they believed “No Deal was better than a bad deal” when they would resign their Government posts They have all but destroyed faith in our democracy and are poised, via referendum or revoking Article

Boris Johnson has said that he will not ask the EU for a Brexit delay in any circumstances. Although he remains more popular than Mr Corbyn, there has been a sharp increase in the proportion believing he is doing a worse job than they Boris Johnson had branded him a 'gigantic chlorinated chicken'.

The main reason for these Tories' defection, according to Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary who resigned last weekend, is that Johnson has been accused of focusing exclusively on preparing for a "no deal" Brexit but has done little to seek a new deal with the EU despite his repeated claims. If the accusation is true, Johnson needs to rebalance his administration's priorities and demonstrate a good-faith effort in seeking a new deal with the EU while still preparing for a "no deal" Brexit. Even if there is little chance the EU will agree to any new deal offer, such a rebalance is necessary to win back those defected Tories and prevent more of them from defecting.

Given the challenges of Brexit, Johnson can't afford a civil war with his own party members. As Jeremy Hunt, former foreign secretary, tweeted, "Divided parties don’t win elections and we’ll never be forgiven if Corbyn gets in."

Despite a bad week, Johnson still has a fighting chance. He has to make necessary changes quickly to unite his party, because the "do or die" moment for him and his country is fast approaching.

UK PM Johnson says some progress being made in Brexit talks .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday some progress was being made in Brexit talks but that Britain should still prepare to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal. © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS British PM Johnson attends a roundtable at Downing Street in London "I think we are making some progress," Johnson said in a broadcast clip, adding that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's saying on Wednesday that he was not "emotionally attached" to the Irish backstop was encouraging.

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