KT edit: Johnson will go down with Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put all his eggs in one basket and he will fall or survive on the Brexit deal.



Published: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 11:01 PM

For most people, the Brexit issue as it stands in real time is a tangled ball of wool snarled over the years since the European Union in May 2004 admitted 10 new east European states and sparked a massive jump in immigration to the island nation. The coining of the word Brexit (Britain exits) was itself a rallying point. But in the run up to the first deadline on April 2018, Theresa May's government failed to pass its bill to leave the Union without an equitable deal or, by default, ask for a delay.
That was granted by an EU that could smell the blood in the water and probably believed that the new deadline of October 31 would have Britain more amenable to 'paying its way out' of the Union and certainly more malleable to coughing up the bill sans any shrill protest. That hope has not been realised and with the clock ticking, things are not looking good. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put all his eggs in one basket and he will fall or survive on the Brexit deal but the chances of getting the 'divorce' from the EU by October 31 with a deal seem bleak.
What is being forgotten in the turmoil with parliament ostensibly shut down after the prorogation was announced is the issue of the EU agreeing to this delay and allowing Boris some breathing space. It is not certain that the EU mood is so accommodating and the PM's doggedness to 'do or die' could well make for recalcitrance in giving him a chance to hammer out an equitable arrangement. By closing down the house the anger is that #Nodealbrexit has gained momentum and is fast moving towards becoming a fait accompli. Boris also wants a fresh election, the third in four years after the opposition took over the majority in the house and will give it a bash again next week though it is unlikely he will get the two-thirds majority that is needed. The opposition wants assurance that a three-month extension from the EU is asked for and won. And Boris would rather be dead in a ditch. Herein lies the rub with no meeting point in sight.
 


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