This is the end of a historical and rather challenging week for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He suffered four defeats in the House of Commons with Parliament blocking his bid to take Britain out of the EU on October the 31st – with or without a divorce settlement. And on Thursday he suffered an additional blow when his own brother Jo Johnson quit as a minister and stepped down as MP saying, he had been “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”.
Johnson has expelled 21 of his own MPs, including Father of the House Ken Clark, for rebelling, in attempt at taking control and is now furiously campaigning for an election that even his own party members are not backing. Johnson says parliament is striping him of his bargaining power with the EU, and so the only way forward is a general election.
There is talk of the parties bent on getting the UK out of the EU, the Tories and the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, joining forces, but would such a right-wing coalition be popular? What is certain is the political climate is getting increasingly hostile in the UK. And despite the mounting pressure, Johnson is charging ahead a little rattled but not yet defeated.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will back an election once the Brexit delay bill becomes law. Some say the left is biding its time, knowing it can’t win an election until Johnson fails to deliver a new deal. British politics will make good watching next week as well, as parliamentarians slug it out over the date of an election before the proroguing of parliament that’s supposed to begin on the 12th of September.