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Boris - Time To Go

October 10, 2019

In July 2019, Britain got a new Prime Minister.

 

Theresa May was forced out of office after her Withdrawal Agreement was defeated three times with no foreseeable alternative route to take us forward.

 

Enter... Boris Johnson.

 

 

To say that Mr Johnson's term as PM has not started smoothly is an understatement. He has been defeated in almost every Commons vote that has been tabled, he is facing criminal investigation due to his questionable ties with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri and he is failing to seal a deal in Brussels that looks at all dissimilar to Mrs May's previous agreement.

 

However, in addition to all of these tumultuous events, there is one more that sticks out. There is one more that epitomises his arrogance, carelessness and disregard for the law and common political practice. 

 

This is, of course, his prorogation of parliament. 

 

On the 24th of September, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom handed down its unanimous judgement that the government has acted unlawfully when proroguing parliament two weeks prior. 

 

They ruled that Mr Johnson was unlawful in his attempts to prevent the legislative branch of government from executing their duty to scrutinise the government's activity. 

 

With this judgement, it must follow, at least the implication that Mr Johnson lied - at the the very least, misled - the Queen. 

 

Alongside this obviously reprehensible behaviour, Mr Johnson has brought the Queen into the political realm when she has done everything in her power to stay firmly outside of it. He not only created a constitutional crisis but then knowingly thrust the Queen into it. 

 

This is an unacceptable breach of all boundaries of political and legal decency. No Prime Minister has brought about such constitutional crisis in such a short period of time. He is buoyed and encouraged by his cronies in Dom Cummings, Michael Gove and many more, but if this is the level of criminality and indecency they are capable after only a mere few months then it is only going to get worse. 

 

The only sensible and reasonable result from all this is Boris to go. Whether that be through resignation or removal through a vote of no confidence, his position is now untenable. He has no political, moral or legal authority to occupy the highest office in our country. 

 

We deserve so much better. At a time of such division, we need a premier who commands the respect of the legislature, the judiciary and the public. That, I am afraid to say, is not Boris Johnson. 

 

Author: Jason Montaner

Jason is a UK-based political journalist specialising in domestic affairs and foreign policy.

 

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