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    Okay, now back to reality ...

    MPs pass amendment seeking to thwart no-deal Brexit prorogation

    MPs have easily passed a backbench amendment seeking to block any attempt by a future government to prorogue parliament to ensure a no-deal Brexit, in what is likely to be seen as a pre-emptive strike against Boris Johnson’s authority.

    The amendment, tabled by a cross-party group led by Labour’s Hilary Benn and the Conservatives’ Alistair Burt, passed by an unexpectedly large margin of 41 votes, with 315 MPs backing it and 274 opposed.

    One of those to support the measure was the culture, media and sport minister Margot James, who resigned from her post to do so.

    Among a series of other ministers who did not vote and who are understood not to have had permission to miss it were the chancellor, Philip Hammond; the justice secretary, David Gauke; the business secretary, Greg Clark; and Rory Stewart, the international development secretary.

    It is understood they were not paired with an opposition absentee and so were expected by Theresa May to obey the three-line whip.

    In a pointed statement afterwards, a spokesman for May said: “The prime minister is obviously disappointed that a number of ministers failed to vote in this afternoon’s division. No doubt her successor will take this into account when forming their government.”

    Johnson, the clear favourite to be declared winner of the Conservative leadership contest against Jeremy Hunt next week and thus replace May as prime minister, has repeatedly refused to rule out using prorogation to ensure a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.'


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    Boris Johnson allegedly asked of Leo Varadkar: ‘Why isn't he called Murphy like the rest of them?’




    BORIS JOHNSON’S attitude towards foreign leaders and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been exposed in a worrying anecdote published in the Financial Times this week.


    In the piece, written by Philip Stephens, the potential next UK Prime Minister’s approach to diplomacy is laid bare in a series of revelations concerning Johnson’s view of other world leaders.

    Coming during his time in the Foreign Office, the article alleges that Johnson was “heard to muse as to whether Chancellor Angela Merkel had served in East Germany’s Stasi secret police”.

    French President Emmanuel Macron meanwhile is branded a “jumped-up Napoleon”.

    Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, comes in for similarly offensive jesting with Johnson reportedly heard to quip: “Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them”.

    The quotes paint a vivid picture of Johnson as an insular PM, quick to peddle offensive stereotypes and evidently non-plussed about building bridges abroad.

    More concerning still, Stephens’ piece goes on outline Johnson’s supposed plans to get around the Irish border issue:
    “Some say Mr Johnson’s real plan has always been to seek a form of words from the EU27 that would allow him to claim he had sufficiently diluted post-Brexit arrangements for the Irish border — the so-called Irish backstop in the withdrawal agreement. With help from Labour rebels, he would then get the deal through the House of Commons.”

    Though Stephens admits that plan now looks unlikely, given that Johnson recently insisted the backstop must be scrapped altogether, he does have an alternative:
    “Plan B, allies say, is to persuade Ms Merkel and Mr Macron into bullying Mr Varadkar simply to drop Ireland’s insistence on the backstop. “


    With just over 100 days left to formulate a cohesive Brexit agreement, these latest revelations paint a concerning picture for both the UK and Ireland.


    Boris Johnson allegedly asked of Leo Varadkar: ‘Why isn't he called Murphy like the rest of them?’

    20 Jul 2019.



    ‘No Deal’ is coming and with a Hard Brexit the Irish border has to be enforced.


    This will happen here as it does everywhere else on the EU border.


    The sooner Leo, the Indian, realises it, the better. The ‘Backstop’ was always a fiction which could never come into being if there was a Hard Brexit.


    Murphy is the most common Irish surname. BoJo will not be judged on his wit but on whether he delivers Brexit.

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    Boris Johnson Wins UK Leadership Race, Will be Prime Minister




    Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson has won the internal vote to become the new leader of the governing Conservative Party, meaning he is due to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Wednesday afternoon.




    Mr Johnson beat rival Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 to 46,656 votes, Conservative party officials revealed Tuesday afternoon from a meeting in Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The scale of the victory exceeds expectations to some degree, far from the 55-45 vote split suggested Tuesday morning.


    Making a brief but characteristically bumbling speech to the assembled party members after the results were announced, Mr Johnson said he would: “Deliver Brexit, unite the country, and defeat Jeremy Corbyn. And that’s what we’re going to do… I say to all the doubters, dude! We’re going to energise the country, we’re going to get Brexit done on October 31st and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of can-do. “And once again we are going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve, and like a slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the ropes of self-doubt and negativity with better education, more police, and fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward.”


    Now the Tory heavyweight has been confirmed as the new leader of the largest party in Britain’s Parliament, a process will be set in play which will see present Prime Minister Theresa May hold her last Prime Minister’s Questions session in Parliament Wednesday at midday before relinquishing power.


    After the session, Theresa May is due to travel to Buckingham Palace where she will meet with the Queen and notify the monarch of her stepping down. Mr Johnson will then follow, invited by the Queen to form a government of his own.


    The selection process was triggered last month when Theresa May was forced to resign from the Prime Ministership, a position she has desperately clung to for three years despite her repeated missteps, embarrassments, and failures to deliver Brexit as repeatedly promised. Critics said it had been wrong to select a pro-remain politician to deliver Brexit, and Mr Johnson has portrayed himself as a true defender of Brexit in his pitch to become leader instead.


    The Conservatives went through five ballots of Conservative Members of Parliament which whittled 14 candidates down to two, which were then put forward for the final vote.


    Unlike general elections which choose the composition of Parliament and in which all qualified adults in the country are entitled to vote in, this election has been a purely internal affair for the Conservative party. While the race has been played to the nation across the radio waves and newspaper front pages, actually the decision came down to a self-selected group of less than 200,000 Conservative party members entitled to vote on party affairs.




    Boris Johnson Wins UK Leadership Race, Will be Prime Minister

    23 Jul 2019.



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    Tory MP's are already plotting against him to sabotage a 'no-deal' Brexit.

    Personally, I think Boris is just an Establishment stooge but it will be interesting to see how the plot unfolds

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    Needs to ask ... is Brexit European's biggest Soap Opera?

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    Britain's EU contribution rises by 20 per cent in year, as UK's booming economy props up Brussels' budget

    Britain’s contribution to the EU has shot up by £2.6 billion in the past 12 months, new Treasury figures show, as the UK’s growing economy was used to prop up Brussels’ budget.

    An “eye-popping” £15.5 billion was sent across the Channel in the year ending March 31, compared with £12.9 billion the year before - an increase of 20 per cent.

    The extra money would be enough to put 50,000 more police officers on the streets or fund 81,000 social care beds.

    Brexiteers said the increase was yet more evidence that Britain must leave the EU as soon as possible to stop taxpayers’ money “pouring into bottomless EU coffers”.


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    Johnson vows to deliver on Brexit


    The new British Prime Minister has said the UK can agree a Brexit deal without checks on the Irish border and will leave the European Union by 31 October.


    Boris Johnson took over from Theresa May this afternoon following a meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Speaking outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the UK will depart the EU by Halloween - "no ifs or buts".

    "The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to restore trust in our democracy. "And we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31 - no ifs or buts. "And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support. "I have every confidence that in 99 days time we will have cracked it. "But you know what we aren't going to wait 99 days because the British people have had enough of waiting. "The time has come to act, to take decisions to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better."



    Mr Johnson said: "I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see. Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here."



    Minutes after Mrs May left Buckingham Palace having offered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth, Mr Johnson arrived to be appointed as her successor. As the Conservative Party leader's car was driven along The Mall to the palace, banner-waving climate change protesters from Greenpeace attempted to impede its journey.



    Mrs May's farewell speech in Downing Street was also disrupted, by a cry of "stop Brexit" from a protester outside, in reply she joked: "I think not." But she made clear her desire for Mr Johnson to seek a deal on Brexit, having previously warned about the risks of a no-deal departure.



    RTE Aertel Johnson vows to deliver on Brexit, 24 Jul 2019.




    Johnson Names Javid Chancellor in Brutal Shake-Up: Brexit ...





    After the referendum the PM and the cabinet should have been 'Leavers'.


    Channel 4 has just described Boris as an upper class man.


    Like many, I hope Boris can get us OUT with NO DEAL and NO £39 billion either.

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    The closest analogy to the government Boris Johnson is forming is Blair’s and Brown’s New Labour government of 1997, when they appointed super powerful political advisers – Campbell, Powell, Balls, Whelan – to boss conservative Whitehall.

    That is what Johnson is doing – in spades – by making former Vote Leave campaign chief Dominic Cummings his de facto chief executive as senior advisor, because Cummings is NEVER a passive adviser. Cummings has an extraordinary sense of purpose and objectives – and pity those who get in his path.

    Cummings’s mandate is to deliver Brexit in 99 days, and in his spare time he’ll endeavour to reform Whitehall, since one of his obsessions is that the civil service is unfit for modern government. Sir Humphrey will be anxious, but so too will ministers and many Tory MPs, including Brexiters, who still nurse bruises from their encounters with him when he ran Vote Leave and earlier when he was an adviser to Michael Gove.

    As proof that Johnson is placing serious trust in Cummings is that so many of Cummings’s Vote Leave team are moving in to Downing Street: Lee Cain as director of communications, Rob Oxley as press secretary and Oliver Lewis as a Brexit policy adviser.

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    Congrats Boris Johnson. Now please clean up Britain and get rid of the Muslims. They are nothing but trouble. Send them back! Send them back!

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