The seemingly never ending Brexit soap is nearing its climax as British parliament blocked a no deal Brexit at Halloween.
PM Boris Johnson is left almost empty handed as one of the oldest legislatures in the world took over control and voted against a no deal Brexit. This unparalleled spectacle took place after a failed attempt from the conservatives to disable parliament for 5 weeks in order to secure Britain leaving the EU on October 31st with or without a deal.
It is widely feared that the country will end up in chaos and major economic damage occur in case the UK is crashing out the EU.
The House of Lords should approve the no deal legislation later this week. They will work overtime to get the job done.
With not many alternatives available, legislation proposed by the PM to organize early general elections mid-October also failed to get the required 2/3 majority.
Boris Johnson maneuvered himself in a very difficult not to say impossible position with his promise to leave the EU at the end of October under all circumstances. But what initially looked like a smart move turned against him.
Disabling Parliament for another 5 weeks until mid-October is widely seen as a violation against democracy.
It all began last week as in the middle of the wide spread uproar a conservative party member defected and the conservative majority in the House of Commons was lost.
Add up the 21 conservative party members that –after voting against the PM- were fired. They were purged in short order from a party many of them devoted their political lives to. And there is the bombshell resignation from MP and business minister Jo Johnson, the younger brother of the Prime Minister who puts Britain’s national interest first above family loyalty.
What Boris Johnson tried to do is similar to the practices that are usual in Brussels. Switching off and ignoring democracy.
Dictatorial EU practises are now introduced in British politics leaving many in disbelieve and leading to an appalling unprecedented situation.
I remember Boris Johnson as a great Mayor of London, doing an outstanding job. Being PM of this country is something else and might require a different approach.
Where are we now? A general election is almost unavoidable. The opposition demands this to happen after October 31 to avoid Brexit surprises during the turmoil of such elections. And in one way or another, a snap election before October 31 gets no backing, the government can decide to resign.
The question is, will a new House of Commons find a way to rediscover the spirit of compromise, humility and understanding. Without this, it seems unlikely Brexit will ever happen.