UK/Brexit: Boris Johnson May be On His Way Out

May 2019
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Backatown, USA
#1
He's been in office for 6 weeks.

Brexit Vote Goes Against Boris Johnson, and He Calls for an Election

British lawmakers on Tuesday rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, moving to prevent him from taking the country out of the European Union without a formal agreement. The epic showdown pushed Britain to the verge of a new election.
After losing his first-ever vote as prime minister, Mr. Johnson stood up in Parliament and said he intended to present a formal request for a snap general election to lawmakers, who would have to approve it.
A little over a month ago, Mr. Johnson, a brash, blustery politician often compared to President Trump, swept into office with a vow to finally wrest Britain from the European Union by whatever means necessary, even if it meant a disorderly, no-deal departure.
Now, Parliament has pulled the rug out from under him, and Mr. Johnson is at risk of falling into the same Brexit quagmire that dragged down his predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May.
 
Feb 2010
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Sunny Bournemouth, Dorset
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Day two of the Parliamentary session and Downing St. staffers are denying he's about to resign!

Day one, he lost his majority live on TV, and sacked his hero Winston Churchill's grandson. Today his party cheered him when someone called him a racist!
 
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Singularity

Former Staff
Oct 2009
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Kansas
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Corbyn is typically misguided and useless, but he absolutely destroyed Johnson in PMQs today, and Johnson did even worse against Labour backbenchers. The Conservatives deliberately loaded the front bench with people who trigger progressives for a living, but that appears to have backfired in a major way today. At the end of the day, if you don't know your stuff and can't provide firm answers to basic questions, you're not going to last long in British politics. It's not like it is here, where the president can bluster his way through interviews from a White House press corps that is always skittish about perceptions of bias and their own access. The House of Commons is a reliable gauntlet.
 

Singularity

Former Staff
Oct 2009
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Kansas
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Do election results not count for anything in Britain?
Yes, they do. An election happened in 2017, after the referendum, in which the Conservative Party lost the seats it needs to unilaterally implement the referendum result. That election matters. Further special elections have reduced the Tory majority in favor of pro-European parties. If you don't have a majority in the House of Commons, you can't really do anything, there is an executive branch but Parliament is Sovereign.

Next to nobody voted to exit the European Union without a deal. Leave, inasmuch as Leave was a single organized effort, campaigned to withdraw from the Union in an orderly manner while retaining close ties to the content. No Deal would leave bitter feelings on both sides of the Channel and leave the UK in economic limbo, entirely beholden to its major trading partners to figure out new international arrangements for itself.

That aside, the referendum wasn't an election. It was a non-binding advisory nationwide popular vote of the type that the U.S. wisely doesn't allow. Rather than offer people a choice between two plans for the future, it offered a vague, confusing affirmation of the status quo against an entirely hypothetical idea. People didn't know what they were voting for, so a lot of them just voted for the general idea of change.

It was a disaster. The only reason it happened in the first place was because a now-disgraced PM was scared of a right-wing rebellion. And the only reason it shouldn't be reconsidered now is because the right wing is afraid of an informed electorate. People are allowed to change their minds.