Is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson submitting a motion of no confidence against himself and instructing his party members to vote against him and the conservative government? Nothing is impossible now that the prime minister, after a disastrous first week, has been sucked into the Brexit swamp.
The British opposition parties agree: no elections for the crucial EU summit on 17 October. “I desperately want elections, but the brexit must first be postponed,” said SNP leader Ian Blackford after the opposition gathered at the invitation of Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“First we want to be sure that the UK won’t crash out of the EU without a deal on October 31. This is not just about our party interest, it is about the national interest. So we want to time it well.”
The Liberal Democrats also want to postpone the Brexit before considering a new poll, a spokesperson said. ,, The LibDems will not vote for elections until we agree with the EU on postponing the Brexit. I think other opposition parties are also increasingly inclined to that. ”
The Second try
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to make a second attempt to hold elections on Monday evening, but that seems hopeless now that the major opposition parties have announced that they will not support the motion. To get the election motion through, two thirds of the House of Commons would have to vote in favor. The Prime Minister was therefore not happy with his political opponents.
I am perplexed after the opposition’s decision to run away from elections. Corbyn and the SNP work together to lock us up in the EU, just when we have to get the Brexit done. It is a sensational paradox. Never before in history has the opposition been given the opportunity to vote, and then refuse it.
The New (Or)Deal
Johnson hopes to be able to hold elections on October 15 so that he can campaign with the promise of closing a new deal at the EU summit a few days later. If that failed, he would have the British leave the EU without a deal on October 31. In any case, the European Union will not agree to a new Brexit postponement, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian this morning on French radio station Europe 1.
“The EU is not going to postpone every three months”, said Le Drian. “The British must tell us what they actually want.”
Meanwhile, British ministers Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid say that the government is working hard on a Brexit deal with the European Union. “We have made progress,” said Raab, the foreign minister. According to Raab, Great Britain has made a new proposal about the Anglo-Irish border.
“I am sure we can reach an agreement. We will do everything about it. The prime minister goes to Brussels on 17 October to close a deal, not to ask for a delay.”
But Johnson is no longer in control, the opposition is now dictating what is happening. Johnson has united the divided opposition with his tough “Do or Die” Brexit race. After the Prime Minister lost his majority this week, as a Conservative member of the Lower House died and he expelled 21 rebellious parliamentarians from his group, he lost control and his majority. We will see the first real result of this on Monday, when the anti-no-deal brexit law submitted by the opposition is ratified. Yesterday the law passed through the House of Lords. The final blow will be given after the weekend.
Prime Minister Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds would actually spend three relaxing days this weekend with Queen Elizabeth, in her Scottish castle Balmoral. Instead, he only spent the night in Balmoral and will spend the entire weekend planning his next step with his advisers.
The parliament will be suspended for five weeks by Thursday at the latest. Can they still push emergency legislation through this week to get elections? Or should Johnson consider the most bizarre and risky option: submit a motion of no confidence against himself and instruct his party members to vote against him and the conservative government? Nothing is impossible. Johnson is stuck. And a cat in the corner makes some weird jumps.