Humilated Johnson has left the Parliament for vacation
In a race against the clock to bother Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the opposition dealt some blows. Hours before the parliament closes for five weeks, opponents of a departure from the European Union voted without agreement for the publication of some extremely sensitive documents about the conduct of the government in recent months.
The motion is particularly favorable to the opposition. Johnson wants to present himself to the voters as the man of the people fighting the elitist parliament. If it turns out that the prime minister deliberately steered for chaos and carefully prepared the suspension of the parliament, then the voters can just turn away from him. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Scottish SNP and the outcast conservative MPs smell blood.
Not for the first time, Parliament President John Bercow played a leading role in the umpteenth chapter of the Brexit drama. By giving his approval to the vote, he again gave the cabinet a helping hand. Bercow simultaneously announced his retirement. With a sense of drama and in his usual bombastic tone, he announced that he would resign no later than 31 October.
Bercow, who staggered away a tear, gave Johnson a final kick. The prime minister wants to leave the European Union at all costs before that date. By staying on until the time comes, the opposition is assured of a loyal ally in the fight to prevent a “no deal.” His announcement did not come unexpectedly. The Conservative Party wanted to dismiss the headstrong Bercow in the next election.
For Johnson, this stab was only a drop in an ocean of problems. Earlier in the day, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar swept the floor with him at a joint press conference in Dublin. He showed sarcastically that he had no confidence whatsoever in his promises to find an alternative to the “backstop”, the emergency solution that should prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Later that evening an ultimate humiliation followed for Johnson when his second attempt to call early elections was voted down. His wish to have voters go to the polls before October 31 can be put in the waste bin. Elections cannot take place earlier than 20 November. However, Johnson has not yet given up all hope for a stunt.
After a hectic week, parliament may have forbidden him from leaving the EU without agreement and forced him if a deal is not forthcoming to ask the EU for a postponement until the end of January, Johnson does not seem to just give up. A walk to the court or a trick does not exclude anyone. In Westminster there was already a whisper about a slippery attempt to circumvent the law.
Johnson would like to ask Europe for an extension with an official letter, but immediately ask them to ignore this letter. That is how Johnson would circumvent the law without breaking it. A “but not real” of the schoolyard as a trump card in a political drama. However, for the time being he is standing in the corner, unable to impose his will on parliament before it is suspended for five weeks.