Andy Martin believes Boris Johnson is anything but the man who will “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”. This is why...
• Boris Johnson was elected Leader of the Conservatives on Tuesday.
• The former Mayor of London beat Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 92,153 votes (66.4%) to 46,656 votes (33.6%).
• Almost 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote. Turnout was 87.4%.
First published in July 2019.
Boris Johnson acceptance speech, 23 July 2019. / YouTube
“I’m going to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.”
This quote was delivered yesterday by our new incoming Prime Minister. Mr Boris Johnson. It was delivered with confidence and with passion to a crowd who cheered and clapped, and were all smiles as he said it. However, I really don’t know where to begin with trying to explain what is wrong with his statement.
Firstly, it doesn’t really, if we’re perfectly honest here, look like he is about to deliver anything. As far as anyone can tell, he still has no real plan to deliver the undeliverable Brexit his Brexiter friends promised the nation would be “the easiest deal in history”, just over three long years ago. The only promise he has made is to deliver it “come what may” by the October 31 deadline. Implying, of course, that he is willing to walk away without a deal should the European Union refuse to re-open the withdrawal agreement, which I don’t think they will.
The EU is absolutely clear that the deal on the table is the only deal available, so why would our new Prime Minister think he will be able to do any better than his predecessor? He is massively unlikely to have any real support in parliament for a no-deal either because the numbers simply aren’t there. So, eventually, he will either have to go back to the public in a second referendum to try and secure a mandate for his no-deal or call a general election, both of which are likely to end in disaster for him and his party.
Secondly, if he was by some miracle able to pull the UK out of the EU without a deal by the deadline, I cannot see how this can possibly “unite the country”. With what seems to be an ever-increasing majority now for maintaining our membership in the European Union, he would be removing the rights and privileges enjoyed by millions of citizens against their wishes simply to try and win back support from former Tory voters who have abandoned his party in favour of the Brexit Party. How he thinks this will bring the much-needed unity this country so desperately needs is anyone’s guess.
And lastly, “defeat Jeremy Corbyn”… To be honest, I think Jeremy Corbyn is the least of his worries. The Conservative Party’s biggest threat at this particular point in its existence is itself. Its desire to hurtle blindly forward with a policy that has caused so much harm to the people living in this country, purely because of the result of a vote taken over three years ago, which the government had absolutely no legal obligation to accept, whatsoever – especially now that most current opinion polls appear to show a major shift of opinion to the opposite view – is just madness.
Let’s also not forget that Jeremy Corbyn, himself, has repeatedly failed to nail down his party’s position on Brexit and, as a result, Labour is also losing support hand over fist. The real danger for Mr Johnson, in my opinion, is the Liberal Democrats. They have firmly nailed their colours to the mast with their stance on Brexit by openly supporting the case for remaining in the EU and, with a new, confident and appealing leader in Jo Swinson, they are gaining support from the Remain community at a rapid rate.
So, is Boris Johnson the man to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”? I doubt it. This could very well be one of the shortest premierships in British history. Time will tell.
And I don’t think it will take much of it.🔷
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