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Bumbling Boris The Barmy Brit

By Patrick Van Roy On August 22nd, 2019

Guest post by Paul McMahon

 

The ‘backstop’ is fundamentally undemocratic says the man who was elected as British Prime Minister by 0.14% of the UK population, Boris Johnson. But, aha! Boris has a cunning plan to overcome the stumbling block British proposed backstop and that is……

He wants Ireland to agree to temporarily leave its trading partnership with the European Union and join with the UK instead.

Under Johnson’s proposals :

Downing Street is considering asking Ireland to voluntarily diverge from EU rules to prevent a hard border between the two countries after Britain leaves the EU.

Under the plan Ireland would gain a “special dispensation” from Brussels to leave its trading rules until new “alternative arrangements” to the Northern Ireland backstop are established.

“The solution is a bilateral agreement to agree a common rule book for Britain and Ireland for as long as we need one,”  

Boris Johnson wants Ireland to leave EU trade rules and form a new union with the UK instead after Brexit

So there we have it, Brexit solved in a greatest bigly style solution.

For me this really epitomises the English (for it is largely English) arrogance which underpins Brexit. It’s almost as if the Irish haven’t in various forms been trying to divest themselves of British rule for hundreds of years just to save Johnson’s Premiership

The EU has so far:

Offered extensions as the UK wishes to its leaving date.

Variously offered the UK membership of the Customs Union, Single Market, European Economic Area (hi Pete!) and a ‘Norway plus’arrangement without having to have membership of the EU 

Offered a tailor made customised arrangement where the state of NI could stay within the EU or the various structures mentioned above while still remaining in the UK

Accepted a British proposed  backstop agreement just to have the British reject their own proposal as ‘undemocratic’ 

Now the Brit PM has suggested that Ireland bend over backwards and let the Union that Ireland has being trying to extract itself from, the same Union which partitioned Ireland as a country, shaft her just so Britain can assuage some of the chaos they created themselves when they bought the second hand car without kicking the tyres, checking the engine, looking at the logbook and checking for chasis rust before buying.

Breathtaking, astonishing hubris.

Meanwhile, To read the far right MSM (Telegraph, Mail, Express and Sun) and you’d think Boris Johnson had a good day yesterday in Berlin when Merkel said that the EU would accept alternatives to the backstop but it would be for the UK to come up with them.   He didn’t. He fell into Angela Merkel’s trap hook, line and sinker. And today, Macron will expose his weaknesses and hammer the nail in:

Brexit: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson

24 Responses to “Bumbling Boris The Barmy Brit”

  1. Thanks Pat. Nice touch with the pic BTW.

  2. Our nations are led by swaggering bigmouths who are winging it.

  3. Irish bigotry and ignorance never disappoint.

    The ‘backstop’ is fundamentally undemocratic says the man who was elected as British Prime Minister by 0.14% of the UK population, Boris Johnson.

    That’s alot more than voted for Gordon Brown or Theresa May. The public has never elected Prime Ministers. They have always been chosen. Come on man, this is basic.

    And the we have The Sun ludicrously described as far right. It was only The Sun which claimed that the PM wants the ROI to temporarily leave the internal market. That’s where Business Insider, on a slow day obviously, got the story.

    Oh, hi Paul.

  4. The faster the UK gets rid of Johnson the better. He is offensive and incompetent.

  5. “That’s alot more than voted for Gordon Brown or Theresa May. The public has never elected Prime Ministers. They have always been chosen. Come on man, this is basic.”

    That is broadly true. That being said in the past people have argued it the other way. Including Boris Johnson:

    They voted for Anthony Charles Lynton Blair to serve as their leader. They were at no stage invited to vote on whether Gordon Brown should be PM… They voted for Tony, and yet they now get Gordon, and a transition about as democratically proper as the transition from Claudius to Nero. It is a scandal. Why are we all conniving in this stitch-up? This is nothing less than a palace coup… with North Korean servility, the Labour Party has handed power over to the brooding Scottish power-maniac.

    The extraordinary thing is that it looks as though he will now be in 10 Downing Street for three years, and without a mandate from the British people. No one elected Gordon Brown as Prime Minister.

  6. Why does Johnson share the brand of pot he smokes with everyone. If he thinks that is an option the Irish would consider it must be a very strong brand.

  7. I wish people of all political persuasions and in all circumstances would stop complaining about situations where a Prime Minister changes without being elected by the people. PMs are never elected by the people that is not how our democracy has ever worked so it was as ludicrous for Boris to moan about Gordon Brown position in office as it is now for anyone to moan about Boris himself holding that position.

  8. PM

    So what you’re saying is, you’re not a fan of the implementation & delivering of the democratic decisions of the Electorate ?

  9. I think what would be helpful would be that any new Prime Minister must prove that they have the confidence of Parliament. That is what happens in most other representative democracies. If there is a change in leader midterm then the new leader will have to demonstrate they have the confidence of Parliament to continue on.

    As a point of reference when Leo Varadkar became leader of Fine Gael he had to win a confidence vote as Taoiseach. He wasn’t just appointed.

  10. Seamus

    The absence of a successful no confidence vote can be taken that Parliament has confidence in the new PM.

  11. Arguably. That being said an actual vote of confidence removes any and all doubt. It also means that the Prime Minister is elected by the people’s representatives (in lieu of the people themselves in an election) rather than some aul German bird.

  12. There is nothing to stop the leader of the opposition calling a vote of no confidence whenever the ruling party changes leader. Corbyn is going to call one as soon as Parliament returns in Sept. and we will see what happens then. I am quite happy for the aul German bird to give Boris his marching orders 😉

  13. The problem with that is that if Parliament declares no confidence in Johnson he remains Prime Minister until after a general election or an alternative Prime Minister commands the confidence of Parliament. Which means that he gets to decide when the election is called. So he can decide, should Parliament declare no confidence in him in the first week in September, to just not hold the election until the 7th November. He would be well within his power to do so.

  14. Seamus

    I don’t think that’s the case. Isn’t it the case that under the fixed term Parliament act the calling of an election before the end term date requires a two thirds majority vote in the house. I understood also that in the event of a no confidence vote the house has 14 days to approve a new government and only after that can the PM call an election if still leading the government.

  15. If there is a vote of no confidence and there is no alternative Prime Minister who can command the confidence of Parliament then the result is an election. The date of that election is in the gift of the Prime Minister.

  16. I’ve realised who Bojo reminds me of (although it’s an obscure one).

    He’s a grown up Ben Brockman from “Outnumbered” careering through the corridors of power with all his childish self-belief and zero self-awareness

  17. Then it’s up to the house to agree a new PM even reluctantly. The power does still lie with them if they choose to use it. Boris can only control the electoral timetable if the house permits him.

  18. They would have to agree to form a new government within the 14 days. Should they fail to do that then they wouldn’t have the power to do anything.

  19. Well if God could create a whole planet in 7 days…. 😄

  20. Aye but God didn’t have to deal with Corbyn, Abbott and McDonnell when he was doing it.

  21. That’s alot more than voted for Gordon Brown or Theresa May. The public has never elected Prime Ministers. They have always been chosen. Come on man, this is basic

    Surely Pete but isn’t is just a teeny weeny sanctimonious for someone elected on such a tiny margin to be complaining about the democratic credentials of a (Brit proposed) solution?

    So what you’re saying is, you’re not a fan of the implementation & delivering of the democratic decisions of the Electorate ?

    No djaym I’m saying that with all its faults I’m generally a pretty big fan of democracy but the views of a huge 48.1% minority have to be taken into consideration also and your absolutist position doesn’t cut it.

    On the issue itself,

    His solution to the total chaos they have unilaterally created is asking another state to voluntarily renege on its agreements and privileges with the EU, as an independent member state, because they, as an independent member state, voted to leave gung ho style, and haven’t been able In three years to come up with a single workable solution to the whole mess they have caused. So we have to clean their toilets for them?

    Good luck with that one.

  22. Colm,

    Well if God could create a whole planet in 7 days…. 😄

    He actually did it in 6 days mate. He had a day off to play golf on the 7th.

  23. Paul.

    That’s a great post Paul, now that I’ve had a chance to read it properly.

  24. the views of a huge 48.1% minority have to be taken into consideration also and your absolutist position doesn’t cut it.

    I don’t know how in the world you make both sides happy in this type of dispute.