Saturday, August 31, 2019

New Prime Minister and Brexit

Boris Johnson is still a new prime minister yet already he appears to have been the nation's PM for months.

Interestingly the complaints about him  seem  feeble to me. 

The first is that he had not stood as a prospective PM in a general election before being appointed by the Tories to replace Theresa May who of course had survived a general election. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown  (both Labour) are among the dozen or so others who became prime ministers without first facing a general election so that point is a non-starter.

The second is that he is proroguing  Parliament by  longer period than is customary prior to the Queen's Speech, to make life more difficult for those who oppose Brexit. This seems true but  given that remainer MPs  who successfully stymied the referendum outcome since March 2019, have been arguing for three  years,  and with the Speaker's support, have bent the parliamentary rules somewhat to thwart the government's attempts to conclude the matter before now,  rule bending on the government's side can not fairly be the subject of complaint.

The third is that  it is said that the original referendum  did  not  mean that the UK  should leave without an EU deal. Again this is nonsense as logically, the position would then be that the EU could simply block Brexit by offering only a poor deal or none at all which would mean that the UK would remain, despite the majority voting to leave.

If the referendum outcome had been 52% in favour of remain and 48% seeking Brexit, would there have been be negotiations for the UK  with the EU, to  give a better deal on remaining? Given that David Cameron's attempts to negotiate some reasonable deal with the EU whilst the UK remained within the EU, have already failed, this point too is a non starter. 

Those complaining about a possible no deal Brexit, never propose what they would regard as a fair deal and of course the deal already offered by the EU was rejected by the Commons on three separate votes.

Although I personally voted to Remain in the referendum,  I believe that we should now leave asap. 

The EU of course  (as  has been the case  elsewhere) always welcomes second and even third referenda to secure the result Brussels prefers but it is right for the UK to resist this.

Naturally rioting in the streets  can be expected from those who rue the referendum outcome and do not wish the people's vote to be respected.

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