Tuesday, 10 July 2018

How the Mighty have fallen - Boris Johnson resigns amidst chaos in British politics

The Tory Party is of course deeply split between three factions: bastards driven by a ruthless ideology, bastards driven purely by personal gain, and bastards driven by both.

---Craig Murray
BREAKING: Boris Johnson QUITS amid Brexit conflict
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned mere hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis left his post, as the political crisis over the UK’s Brexit strategy intensifies.

9 July, 2018

The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May has been plunged into turmoil with the resignation of two senior Cabinet ministers in a deep split over her Brexit strategy.

Boris Johnson, the UK’s clumsy and outspoken Foreign Secretary has announced his resignation just hours after The Duran reported that a top Brexit official, David Davis quit, “over his frustration with a negotiated deal by PM Theresa May for a “soft” UK departure from the European Union.”

The Prime Minister’s latest political drama began late on Sunday night when Davis quit, declaring he could not support May’s Brexit plan. He said it involved too close a relationship with the EU and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the UK after it left the EU. In a BBC radio interview Monday morning, Davis said, “It seems to me we’re giving too much away, too easily, and that’s a dangerous strategy at this time.”

The announcement came after Johnson failed to attend the international Western Balkans Summit in London, which fueled speculation a resignation was forthcoming — fellow attendee Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe, tweeted by early afternoon the gathered were “still waiting for our host.”

We’re still waiting for our host...
Johnson’s resignation will surely add further fuel to speculation he may be planning a leadership bid, even though Conservative MPs of any stance are yet to publicly call for May’s resignation and/or a leadership election — he told his fellow cabinet ministers last week May’s Brexit proposals amounted to “polishing a turd”.

Via Sputnik:

The likelihood of him [Johnson] winning an election among MPs may not be very high — while 129 Conservative MPs (51 percent of the parliamentary party) supported ‘leave’ in the June 2016 referendum, many have reservations about Johnson’s hard Brexit vision. Moreover, while Johnson remains very popular with rank and file party members, a leadership contest necessitates a vote of confidence, and May is reportedly willing to fight such a contest.

There are also key differences within ‘leave’ circles over how much the UK should prioritize the national economy, by compromise on key issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement. Theresa May only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote — and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position.”

The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago. He became a leading figure in the “Leave” campaign, but as Foreign Secretary in May’s government, he was prone to embarrassing gaffes and criticized for not being prepared enough.

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson stated that “Theresa May’s government is in utter meltdown. The country is at a standstill with a divided and shambolic government. The Prime Minister can’t deliver Brexit and has zero authority left.”

How Establishment TV - Channel 4 - is describing things

Prime Minister Theresa May’s foreign minister and Brexit negotiator quit on Monday in protest at her plans to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, stirring rebellion in her party’s ranks.

JEREMY Hunt has vowed to help deliver a successful Brexit after being appointed Foreign Secretary following Boris Johnson's shock resignation.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s foreign minister and Brexit negotiator quit on Monday in protest at her plans to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, stirring rebellion in her party’s ranks.

The Guardian -

Tories warned to fall into line or risk handing keys of No 10 to Labour leader

From the Express..

This is how Zero Hedge sees it from the other side of the Atlantic

They're dropping like flies...

Infographic: Davis joins growing list of Conservative departures | Statista
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Following the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis within hours of one another (as well a number of junior ministers), UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been left exposed as the head of an increasingly divided Conservative Party.

Below, Reuters' Andrew MacAskill  explains how May could be removed from office if she has to face a leadership challenge:

What needs to happen for there to be a leadership contest?


A leadership challenge can be triggered if 15 percent of members of parliament in May’s Conservative Party write a letter to the chairman of the party’s so-called “1922 committee”.
The Conservatives currently have 316 members of parliament (MPs) so 48 of them would need to write such letters to challenge May.
Once that threshold has been reached, the chairman will announce the start of the contest and invite nominations.

Could this happen to May?


The chairman of the 1922 committee is the only person who will know exactly how many members of parliament have submitted letters of no confidence.
But some eurosceptic members of parliament have started submitting letters to the committee chairman in protest over her Brexit negotiating strategy.

What will happen during a no confidence vote?


If a no confidence vote is called then all serving Conservative members of parliament will be able to cast a vote for or against the serving leader.
If May wins any confidence vote she remains in office. If she loses, she is obliged to resign and barred from standing in the leadership election that follows.

How quickly can a no confidence vote take place?


In the last no confidence vote against a sitting Conservative leader in 2003, the chairman of the 1922 committee announced he had received enough letters to trigger a vote on Oct. 28 and the vote was held the next day.

What would happen if May lost the no confidence vote?


If May lost a no confidence vote then there would be a leadership contest.
If several names are put forward to lead the party, then a vote is held among Conservative MPs using the first past the post system to whittle down the field with the candidate with the fewest votes removed. Another ballot among Conservative lawmakers is then held until two candidates remain.
The final two nominees are then put to a ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership with the winner named the new leader.
Following David Cameron’s decision to step down as prime minister and Conservative leader after the EU referendum in 2016, five candidates put their names forward.
The field was narrowed to May and then junior minister Andrea Leadsom but she pulled out of the race before members voted, leaving May to become leader unopposed.
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Finally, we note that, as a recent YouGov poll shows, even before this weekend's events, the majority of the public felt Brexit was 'going badly'. 

Infographic: Brexit is 'going badly' - who's to blame? | Statista
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Taking the most blame for this, as our chart shows, is indeed the government with 68 percent of respondents pointing their fingers in this direction. The second most popular target is the EU, but the team on the other side of the negotiating table only attracted 37 percent of the shared blame.

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