Boris Johnson: “I will Never Surrender the Control of Our Negotiations in the Way Jeremy Corbyn is Demanding.”
The British Parliament, a majority of 328 deputies, in front of 301, backed a motion on Tuesday to debate a legal initiative on Wednesday, the purpose of which is to avoid leaving the EU without agreement. The rebellion of 21 conservative deputies, whom Johnson accused of tying his hands in Brussels and threatened to expel the party, helped move the resolution forward. The prime minister responded by announcing that he prepares the proposal to advance elections if Westminster wins the pulse on Wednesday.
Johnson began his intervention in the afternoon with the energy and the bear blows that delight his people – ”what the opposition proposes is the surrender law of Jeremy Corbyn. It means waving the white flag before the EU, ”he proclaimed— but he finished it between babbling and elusive responses. The prime minister checked the fierceness with which a parliamentary system is stirred when its powers are threatened.
Westminster approved a motion late at night to snatch the government’s power to set the agenda. And to push ahead, this Wednesday, a legal resolution that will force Johnson to ask Brussels for another three-month extension on the Brexit date – scheduled for October 31 – unless it reaches an agreement with the Twenty-seven.
“Stop. The country wants all this to end and that the result of the referendum is respected, ”Johnson said in the afternoon. Again he insisted, without providing anything but ambiguous statements, that the EU has begun to show flexibility. He said he could achieve a new exit agreement in which the so-called backstop is annulled, a non-negotiable insurance mechanism for the 27s and inadmissible for the conservative Eurosceptics. A way of keeping Northern Ireland in the community customs space and not breaking the internal market, Brussels defends. An affront to the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom, the most radical British conservatives shout.
Johnson used all legal and parliamentary stratagems at his disposal to try to prevent Parliament from imposing a further postponement of Brexit. He kept hinting, without any evidence, that he was about to reach an agreement with the EU. He forced the queen to impose a five-week suspension of parliamentary activity to leave her detractors without time. He warned that he will expel conservative deputies who join the rebellion from the parliamentary group. And finally, he threatened to advance the general elections to avoid any decision of Parliament against his strategy.
And the only thing he has achieved with this growing pulse is to embolden his adversaries and reaffirm the conviction of many conservative rebels that they must put the interests of the country ahead of those of their own party. “[Johnson] is destroying our economy, our democracy and our role in the world. He is using political manipulation, intimidation and lies. And he is doing it deliberately. He has come to act with such recklessness that his strategy is no longer even conservative, ”deputy Phillip Lee wrote in a statement announcing his decision to leave the Conservative Party and move on to the parliamentary ranks of the Liberal Democrats. It was a hand grenade that exploded Johnson in the face minutes before beginning his parliamentary intervention, and that placed him in the face of the harsh reality. He had just lost his tiny parliamentary majority of a deputy. The effect of the decision was more symbolic than real, because there were 21 rebel conservatives who voted against the government to stop Johnson.
“Can the prime minister give us before the end of the afternoon any documentary evidence of the alleged progress of the negotiations with Brussels?” Challenged Philip Hammond, the former Minister of Economy of the United Kingdom and one of the leaders of the Tory rebellion. Hammond has never been radical in his approach, but with the advantage of real knowledge of the country’s economic outlook, he has fought at all times against the possibility of a disorderly EU exit. Together with other moderate conservatives, he went to Downing Street early Tuesday to hear Johnson’s explanations. And as all British media reported, the meeting ended sourly. The prime minister did not want to seek the complicity of his detractors but instead went on the attack from the first minute, and accused them of being favoring with his attitude a future Labor government headed by Jeremy Corbyn.
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Boris Johnson: "I will Never Surrender the Control of Our Negotiations in the Way Jeremy Corbyn is Demanding."