LONDON – A Brexit deal may be days, weeks or an eternity away, and it's tearing everyone apart – the…
LONDON – A Brexit deal may be days, weeks or an eternity away, and it’s tearing everyone apart – the people, the parties, even Boris Johnson’s family.
The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, told the Germans in an interview published Friday that “we can not stop” Brexit. His top lieutenants immediately went on television to say Corbyn does not know what he is talking about.
The Tories? They spent the weekend on the talk shows, trash-speaking their prime minister, as factions threaten open revolt in Parliament this week.
And the poor public? As hopelessly divided as ever, according to the hopelessly muddled opinion polls, which suggest that the people ̵
1; who in 2016 narrowly voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union – may have changed their minds and now support “Regrexit.”
Then there is the Johnson family.
The blonde bread or mop-headed Oxford University overachievers whose best-known member is the former London mayor and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson – and the man who brought Britain Brexit – has suddenly emerged as the country’s symbol of tumult about its departure from the continental trading block.
The Johnson Clan is in full public churn – for and against Brexit, and others.
There is intrafamilial tweeting, people.  Johnson wants a clean break from the EU No second thoughts. No compromise. When he quit Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet in July, he wished that May was surrendering to Brussels in Brexit negotiations and that Britain was “headed for the status of a colony.”
Younger brother Jo Johnson was also part of May’s cabinet, as transport minister, and he echoed some of Boris sentiment when he resigned in a huff on Friday . May’s plan for Brexit was simply too much of a shambolic compromise, he said. She presented Britain with a choice between “vassalage” to E.U. rules or the “chaos” of a no-deal Brexit – think food shortages and grounded aircraft.
Except, in contrast to his brother, Jo Johnson voted to “remain” in the 2016 Brexit referendum. And what he wants next is a do-over. “It is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis,” he said.
The editorial board of the Financial Times, where Jo Johnson was toiled as an editor and correspondent before running for public office, called him ” the serious Mr. Johnson, “as opposed to the bombastic Boris.
” Elder Johnson, for his part, cheered his brother on, saying that although the two disagree about Brexit, his sibling was right to take a hike.
“Boundless admiration As ever for my brother Jo, ” Johnson posted on Twitter a few hours after the announcement. “We may not have agreed on Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the U.K. position, “which he said” does not remotely correspond to the mandate of the people. “
Jo Johnson’s exit from Brexit was also given props by his father, the author and former British politician Stanley Johnson, who shares the family’s gift of understatement, declaring that May’s Brexit plan was “caring into the jaws of death.”
Stanley Johnson has experienced his own wrenching reversals over Brexit. After voting to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, he later announced that he had changed his mind.
“The time has come to bail out,” Stanley Johnson decided in 2017. This even though Elder Johnson had had hans brød længe smidd i Bruxelles, som fungerende som en toryparty medlem af det europeiske parlament og som chef for det europeiske kommissions miljøhandlingsprogram.
Will it ever end? Apparently, no.
Rachel Johnson, a broadcaster and book author and sister of Boris and Jo, was tweeting on Monday that “the problem with Brexit is Brexit.” Rachel is a ” remainer . “So much so that she left the family perch in the Conservative Party for the Liberal Democrats in 2017 in opposition to Brexit.
And then there’s Brother Leo Johnson, a broadcaster and megatrends expert. Leo would prefer to remain in the E.U., too. He also supports a second referendum, a “People’s Vote” that would allow citizens to tick “yes” or “no” on May’s final deal – or no deal – with Brussels.
“The Wow,” the Guardian newspaper columnist John Crace tweeted . “Looking like 4-1 in favor of second referendum in Johnson household with only one brother and the mother yet to declare.”
That tweet, too, was Retweeted by Rachel . “19659029] Read more