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Brexit: Boris Johnson's second attempt to trigger election fails

Brexit: Boris Johnson's second attempt to trigger election fails

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  • Watching the evolution of the Brexit drama is a great lesson in humility when making political outcome projections. The main worry is that real people’s lives are at stake whichever solution ends up being implemented. The world badly needs to learn from history and from first principles. Keane’s ideas

    Watching the evolution of the Brexit drama is a great lesson in humility when making political outcome projections. The main worry is that real people’s lives are at stake whichever solution ends up being implemented. The world badly needs to learn from history and from first principles. Keane’s ideas of pluriversality in his book on “The Life and Death of Democracy”,—government of the humble, by the humble, for the humble—seem impossible to achieve.

  • While parliament sits idle the question of what will Boris do looms large. This will probably be his only time as Prime Minister that he will be the centre of attention without being embarrassed by Parliament.

    Will he get a deal ? unlikely

    Will he defy Parliament? He would like to but the legal implications

    While parliament sits idle the question of what will Boris do looms large. This will probably be his only time as Prime Minister that he will be the centre of attention without being embarrassed by Parliament.

    Will he get a deal ? unlikely

    Will he defy Parliament? He would like to but the legal implications and constitutional consequences would destroy what political ambition he is clinging to.

    While the MP's can rant and plot and ponder does this enforced pause mean that the rest of Europe has to wait?

    Can Ireland petition Europe for an extension to the deadline until after an orderly general election in the UK? Ireland is the European country most directly affected by Brexit so it is only logical and fair that its needs be addressed and Ireland needs resolution despite internal UK politics.

  • The situation over Brexit only continues to get wilder. For the PM, legislation that forbids a no-deal Brexit makes negotiating with the EU nigh impossible. It’s a pretty fundamental rule of negotiating that if the other side knows you will not walk away, they hold the whip hand in perpetuity.

    In truth

    The situation over Brexit only continues to get wilder. For the PM, legislation that forbids a no-deal Brexit makes negotiating with the EU nigh impossible. It’s a pretty fundamental rule of negotiating that if the other side knows you will not walk away, they hold the whip hand in perpetuity.

    In truth, it may be that the only way to break this deadlock is through a general election. Perhaps, just perhaps, the British people can properly weigh in on this debacle - and make the call which is theirs to make. Yet MP’s have refused to hold such an election, which in addition to other reasons, leads one to believe they also may be terrified of the outcome. To say nothing of losing their jobs, if the May MEP polls are any indicator.

    In addition to finding a possible solution to the deadlock of the current deal, Johnson must also attempt to drum up public support for a general election while Parliament is prorogued.

    But the facts are clear: Parliament won’t accept the current EU deal, they won’t accept no-deal, they refuse to hold a general election, and are barren of any feasible solutions themselves opposite No. 10. Something must give.