July 20, 2024
...but So Are His Opponents
The anti-Brexit coalition is split on how soon to hold a new election and on whom their candidate should be.
The anti-Brexit coalition is split on how soon to hold a new election and on whom their candidate should be.

After delivering a Tory conference speech that knocked off the nation’s socks yesterday and presenting a new U.K.–EU Brexit deal today that might conceivably be endorsed by Parliament, Boris Johnson should perhaps be enjoying a good press. But the message of most media commentary is that Boris is stymied yet again, or still, or maybe forever — the Prisoner of Downing Street kept confined by a slim majority of MPs united on nothing except their opposition to him, to Brexit, and to holding a new election.

So Paul Goodman’s epigram that Boris and the Tories can’t win an election without getting Brexit and they can’t get Brexit without winning an election remains the only significant truth as other events related to Brexit come and go. What is less noticed, however, is that Boris’s enemies in the anti-Brexit coalition (henceforth the ABC coalition) are equally stymied. They can’t win an election if they vote Brexit down and they can’t vote Brexit down without winning an election. That’s because most of the signs are that Boris would win an election in which Brexit was at issue.

Indeed, the longer-term prospects for the ABC coalition are even more discouraging. Even if they manage to halt or reverse Brexit, they would have to hold an election not long afterward, which Boris would be heavily favored to win. If elected, he could then simply cancel their cancellation and bring in whatever kind of Brexit he wanted. He would then have five years in power to make Brexit work.

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See Also:

(1) Paris Knife Attacker Converted to Islam 18 Months Before Attack: Report

(2) How did Britain come to this?

(3) May meltdown: Ex-PM’s Brexit vows scrapped by Boris Johnson in major snub towards the EU

(4) Brexit block: Scottish Court to decide today if Boris Johnson can be JAILED over no deal

(5) Farage explains why MPs only have until Monday to stop Brexit – sparks Remainer panic

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