June 17, 2024
For those seeking to undo the voters’ decision, the clock never runs out.
With his own countrymen and members of his own party sabotaging him at every turn Johnson’s “do or die” promise today looks every bit as hollow as May’s declaration that “Brexit means Brexit.”
With his own countrymen and members of his own party sabotaging him at every turn Johnson’s “do or die” promise today looks every bit as hollow as May’s declaration that “Brexit means Brexit.”

London — The European Union is the new Hotel California: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

Any hopes that the British government might actually go ahead and achieve Brexit, after more voters supported it than have ever voted for anything in the entire history of this formerly great country, were pretty well dashed this week when Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a spectacular series of defeats in the House of Commons, capped by the utterly humiliating departure of his own brother Jo, a Remainer, who quit both his brother’s government and his seat in the Commons rather than be an ally for the Brexit Johnson has repeatedly promised would occur, “do or die,” on October 31. Jo Johnson said he was putting “the national interest” ahead of party and family.

After many in his own party deserted him, and, more to the point, deserted the country, by joining the pro-EU coalition in Parliament, a bill set to become law on Monday will require Johnson to go on bended knee to the EU to seek a second extension. After that outcome is secured, a general election looms.

In proving that it is terrified of a no-deal Brexit, Parliament has effectively stripped the United Kingdom of all its negotiating leverage and made it probable that nothing like a clean break with the EU will occur. What Britain will wind up with will evidently either be continued EU membership or some sort of sham Brexit like the one that was repeatedly rejected when Theresa May tried to sell it to the Commons.

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See Also:

(1) How did Britain get into this mess?

(2) How PM will deliver Brexit by exploiting EU’s own rules

(3) No more bowing down to Brussels! We finally have PM with backbone

(4) Brexit alliance: Nigel Farage to sacrifice election seats to support Brexiteer Tories

(5) Iain Duncan Smith orders Boris to break law to deliver Brexit – ‘on side of the people’

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