Written by Clement Ng

Not a good start, Boris.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double whammy in Parliament last week. Parliament passed a bill preventing Johnson from forcing a no-deal Brexit and later rejected Johnson’s motion for an early general election on 14 October.

The new bill forces Johnson to either pass a Brexit deal in Parliament or get the MPs on board for a no-deal Brexit by 19 October. Failing that, he will have to write a letter to the President of the European Council asking for an extension of the Brexit deadline or face legal action. Boris feels that this takes away his trump card in negotiations with the EU – the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

As such, Johnson wanted to trigger a snap election before the Brexit deadline in a bid to fill Parliament with enough pro-no-deal-Brexiteers to get a majority. That plan was foiled in the House of Commons. And with opposition parties since agreeing to block an election until a delay is secured, it looks like that plan is sunk.


Oh no… What’s Boris gonna do?

Wild stuff. Johnson’s government has said that they would “test law to limit” by, as said by Chancellor Sajid Javid, “obeying the law but also sticking to our policy”. For those who do not speak Politician, this means that they intend to somehow get Parliament to pass a no-deal Brexit, while avoiding a delay at all costs.

To that end, Johnson is planning a 400IQ move to sabotage the EU. His administration intends to fail to appoint a commissioner to the EU, causing it to fail its legal duty to represent all its members in its executive branch. They think this will force the EU to refuse an extension, and either deal with or kick out the UK for good.

Whatever he wants to do, he better do it fast. With his party members rebelling, his cabinet’s work and pensions secretary resigning over his handling of Brexit, and more ministers speculated to be considering leaving, Johnson is working on borrowed time.

Clement is an NUS Life Science student. "Life" here meaning biology, as opposed to "life of the party" or "living the life". He has a particular interest in US politics, which generally means he is particularly miserable. Regardless, he is a strong believer in keeping informed, and hopes to encourage his peers and readers to do so.

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