The crisis of the three Bs - Britain, Boris, Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson detonated a political bomb, attempting to usurp power. Fearing a vote of no confidence that would frustrate his plans for a tough break with the European Union, frightening many in Britain, on October 31, the head of government suspended the work of the parliament, which ends on September 3 with summer vacations, from September 9 to October 14.
The prime minister rejected in an interview with Sky News that this measure is designed to prevent MPs from blocking the country's exit from the EU without an agreement. Johnson promised that parliamentarians would have the opportunity to express their views on government plans. The House of Commons will be able to discuss Brexit on the eve of the EU summit on October 17-18 and vote on October 21 and 22.
Johnson In fact, he is trying to buy himself time to try to negotiate with Brussels at least something, fearing that they will get a vote of no confidence in the very first days after the parliamentarians return to work.
On the eve of the initiative of the head of the Labor Party and opposition leader Jeremy Corbin, a meeting of deputies of the opposition parties was held, which was also attended by parliamentarians from the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Independents. They agreed on a minimum program - to work together to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without a deal at all costs.
“The participants agreed on the need to act together in order to find practical steps to prevent an exit without a deal, including the possibility of adopting laws or declaring a vote of no confidence,” the joint statement issued following the meeting said. Johnson’s opponents have expressed concern that the prime minister is looking for ways to suspend parliament to implement Brexit, “open to using undemocratic means to push the way out without a deal.”
In an interview with the BBC, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas called the meeting “productive and detailed.” According to her, “unity on a wide range of issues” was achieved. Everyone agreed that “exit without a deal would be a disaster for our country, and we must do whatever is necessary to avoid this.” She pointed out, in particular, the need at all costs “to get rid of the deadline set for October 31, to which the Prime Minister is rushing with increasing irresponsibility.”
The Labor leader, however, did not stop at mobilizing the political opposition against Johnson. Corbin also appealed for support to deputies from the ruling Conservative Party, among whom there are also opponents of Brexit, both without a deal and as such, including ex-Prime Minister Theresa May and former Finance Minister Philip Hammond.
Having ascertained that the majority in parliament opposed Britain’s exit from the EU at all costs, Corbin suggested that the Tories, who do not get along well with Johnson, “work together in the spirit of collegial and inter-party cooperation to find a practical way to prevent an exit without an agreement.”
Why should Johnson leave?
On Tuesday in The Independent, Corbin explained in detail the reasons why he is preparing a parliamentary revolt against Johnson. According to the chief laborer, an exit without a deal would plunge Britain into the “autumn crisis”, since its absence “will destroy jobs, lead to higher food prices in stores and make it possible for the American private corporations to seize the National Health Service.”
Corbin pointed out that Johnson’s proposed measures are designed to “reduce the influence of workers and the level of consumer protection, reduce taxes for bankers, the richest and largest corporations, and reduce the number of regulations that are designed to prevent them abuse their power. ”
We will do everything necessary to prevent the implementation of the catastrophic option of exit without a deal for which this government has no mandate,
- emphasized Corbin. In his opinion, there are only two ways to avoid the October 31 disaster - a second referendum or early general elections.
Naturally, the calculation here is based on the fact that after all the troubles Brexit caused the British, even before they started, at the next second referendum, they will vote differently than in 2016, when supporters of the exit of the kingdom from the EU gained about 3% more than their opponents.
Boris brings the denouement closer
Meanwhile, the “conspirators” are literally whipped up by the frantic Boris, who speaks ultimatum with the Europeans, even after US President Donald Trump made it clear that there is no comprehensive trade agreement that would allow London to compensate for losses after leaving the single European market will fail. During his visits to European capitals, Johnson, who was rude to French President Emanuel Macron by putting his foot on the table, threatened to leave without an agreement. He also refused to pay “compensation” in the amount of 39 billion euros and demanded that the British leave access to the EU across the Irish border, where even after Brexit London did not intend to introduce checks and controls. For the EU, which benefits greatly from fleeing hundreds of British firms and banks from Britain in fear of Brexit to its member countries, this position is completely unacceptable.
Thus, an acute political crisis has ripened in Britain. War is declared. Everything is ready for a parliamentary revolt against Boris and his team. Now there is absolutely no doubt that the House of Commons will pass a vote of no confidence in the current prime minister, which will open the way to early parliamentary elections, which the conservatives will lose. A second referendum is not ruled out. This makes the prospects for Britain's exit from the EU completely uncertain. So Brexit, most likely, simply will not take place, even with an agreement, and Boris will go down in history as a great loser. If only that was not his secret mission.