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OpinionBoris Johnson's Brexit nightmare could finish off a third prime minister

19:51  10 september  2019
19:51  10 september  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Brexit: UK prime minister Boris Johnson to make statement

Brexit: UK prime minister Boris Johnson to make statement LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson summoned his senior ministers to his Downing Street office Monday on eve of a key effort in Parliament to delay a no-deal Brexit. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Johnson is expected to speak afterward, fueling speculation that he may indicate that he will seek an early election — a move that would allow him to take his message the people and seize the initiative from his opponents to deliver Britain's departure from the European Union.

LONDON — Boris Johnson , Britain’ s brash former foreign secretary and standard-bearer for leaving the European Union, on Tuesday won the contest to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, with his party handing the job of resolving the country’ s three -year Brexit nightmare to one of its most

Then- Prime Minister David Cameron aptly summed up Johnson ’ s odd appeal Boris ’ s post- Brexit play for prime minister failed. Boris Johnson listens to “I wanted to help build a team behind Boris Johnson so that a politician who argued for leaving the European Union could lead us to a better

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A little over a month into his time as British prime minister, and Boris Johnson can’t escape a topic that has haunted the last two prime ministers: Brexit. It’s a nightmare scenario for any leader, and with the Oct. 31 deadline quickly approaching, negotiators don’t appear to be anywhere close to a deal.

Johnson’s assent to 10 Downing was based on his bold promise to do something his two predecessors didn't want to accomplish: deliver a clean break from the European Union. Since becoming prime minister, he’s been leveraging all the power the office holds to make good on that promise. He’s asked the Queen to suspend Parliament to limit debate from the opposition who seek to delay Brexit, and he’s pledged to call for an early election in October that will have only two outcomes: Either he strengthens his support in Parliament, or he comes out a loser and is forced to resign. Now Johnson has officially suspended Parliament until mid-October.

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.

Editorial: In attempting to turn domestic weakness into a diplomatic asset, the prime minister risks poisoning the well of future EU-UK relations.

Boris Johnson could be the country’ s Prime Minister within the year after Theresa May announced her resignation this morning. He’ s by far the favourite at With the Conservative Party divided as ever, Brexit is likely to central to the race to Number 10. So what would Boris Johnson as leader mean for

But in the last week, all roads lead to a resignation. Last Tuesday, Johnson’s Conservative Party lost their majority in Parliament when one of their members defected and joined the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats. Johnson also faced a public relations nightmare when he removed 21 conservative members of his party after they rebelled against his Brexit strategy. One of those lawmakers removed was Winston Churchill’s grandson, Nicolas Soames. On Thursday, Johnson’s brother, Jo Johnson, resigned from Parliament saying he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest.”

On Friday, the House of Lords approved a bill that blocks Johnson from a no-deal Brexit. The bill would also require him to request a three-month extension if a proper Brexit deal can’t be negotiated and approved by Parliament before the October deadline. Additionally, Johnson lost all leverage for an election after lawmakers said they’d force him to request a three-month extension before Parliament would consider supporting an early election. Johnson must receive two-thirds support in Parliament for an election, and right now, he does not have the support.

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.

Any sensible prime minister would do that.” Legal experts have warned Johnson could face prison if he refused to abide by the bill, which was passed on Lord MacDonald, the former director of public prosecutions, said if Johnson refused to request an extension he could be found in contempt of court.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (/ˈfɛfəl/; born 19 June 1964) is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019.

The idea to call an early election never made any sense politically. Predata, a predictive analytics company for geopolitical risk that accurately predicted Brexit before anyone else, just recently published a fascinating analysis titled “Brexit and the English Constitution,” where their data suggests that people are more interested in the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution than another election. It’s a message that lawmakers should pay close attention too. As Predata noted in their analysis, “It seems that the British people may be concerned with matters more fundamental than which political party will lead the UK into its post-EU future.” Some things are more important than politics, and this data shows it. Their future is at stake, and perhaps now is the time in the midst of all the chaos to start discussing a more formal constitution.

But with all of the uncertainties surrounding the details of a Brexit, one thing is certain — the deadline for a Brexit is quickly approaching. With so much work to do, it seems impossible that a deal could be reached in time, and that an extension seems more likely, forcing Johnson to break his Oct. 31 Brexit campaign promise. He’s backed into a corner with no way out, and his support in Parliament is quickly eroding.

More than a political issue, he’s now got a credibility problem. Brexit has already destroyed the political careers of two prime ministers, and it’s about to claim a third.

Mark Vargas (@MarkAVargas) is a tech entrepreneur, political adviser and contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog.

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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