Boris Johnson: GB News guest speculates on Tory MPs position
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Following the allegations of Downing Street parties during the height of lockdown, the Prime Minister has faced mounting pressure to resign – particularly after a lacklustre performance in yesterday’s PMQs. As Mr Johnson has long been closely associated with both the Vote Leave campaign and the subsequent Brexit negotiations, this raises the question of what the future holds for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Lord Andrew Adonis, chairman of the largest pro-European organisation in the UK, sparked the discussion with a tweet this morning saying simply: “If Boris goes, Brexit goes.”
However, managing director for geopolitical risk firm the Eurasia Group Mujtaba Rahman shot back disavowing the claim, saying instead that the only way this would happen is if the government joined the single market or customs union.
He argued however that there was “no credible political pathway to either in medium term – even under a Labour Govt,” adding: “Tweaks to deal (eg labour mobility) possible. More is unlikely.”
Every non-Conservative MP who asked a question in yesterday’s PMQs called for Mr Johnson to resign.
While Boris did apologize after admitting he attended a “bring your own booze” event in the Downing Street garden on May 20 2020, No10 failed to say if the Prime Minister had ruled out falling on his sword when questioned.
Amid the shouts from opposition politicians for him to resign, Mr Johnson said he would await the outcome of an investigation being carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
Mr Johnson’s official spokesman this afternoon said the Prime Minister will accept the “facts” established by the inquiry.
The question mark now hanging over the future of Mr Johnson’s position prompted Lord Adonis to raise further questions about what will happen to the political movement that was key to his landslide success in the 2019 election – Brexit.
However, many took to Lord Adonis’ tweet to say that they felt Brexit was not threatened by Boris’ precarious position – but was instead a reason for him to stay.
@Nikhm3 replied: “This is the best advert for Boris Johnson to stay. Thanks @Andrew_Adonis.”
@BlackKbl added: “And there we have it – the genuine purpose of the relentless campaign against the PM.”
Meanwhile many agreed with Mr Rahman’s put-down of Lord Adonis’ claim.
@ElenaAdaal said: “Good to realize that – with or without Johnson – the Tory party is in full control, and they are still moving away from Europe at warp speed.”
Foreign Secretary and newly appointed Brexit negotiator Elizabeth Truss, currently among the favourites as Boris’ successor, also remains optimistic about the future of Brexit.
She said: “there is a deal to be done” ahead of a fresh wave of negotiations with EU chief negotiator Maros Sefcovic.
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She added: “As fellow believers in liberty and democracy, we should be capable of reaching an agreement that delivers for Northern Ireland and allows us to unleash the full potential of our relationship.”
Ms Truss met her European counterpart at Chevening House in Kent today.
Meanwhile Alice Calder, a political commentator and economics PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, said trade deals signed last year with the likes of Australia and Singapore aim to put the UK in the “strongest possible position to trade with technologically advanced and rapidly advancing markets”.
This positive news for Brexit was further compounded by Ms Calder’s claim that the UK is “ramping up its digital policy” to meet the challenge of a growing digital market that is expected to be worth 24.3 percent of global GDP by 2025, according to one recent report.
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