British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a rare kind of world leader: he actually does what he promised during his campaign for office.
In 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union, and Brexit was born.
The citizens of Great Britain gave their government a mandate: they were to restore England’s sovereignty over their own affairs and pull Britain out of the European Union.
No longer would a continental government in a foreign capital dictate their nation’s affairs.
Except, almost three years later, they are still a part of the EU.
Their government has let them down.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May lost her job after not being able to deliver on the Brexit mandate. She submitted three Brexit deals to the British Parliament, each of which went down in flames.
Boris Johnson, May’s replacement, is determined to leave the European Union, either with a deal or without one
So far, he has moved Heaven and Earth to carry out the will of the British people.
Parliament has stopped him at every turn, defying the voters by doing so. Their actions have shown their disdain for the very people they represent.
Johnson has continued to negotiate with the European Union but has made it known that he is willing to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary.
In the meantime, the prime minister has taken drastic actions to push a Brexit conclusion through Parliament.
He took the unprecedented step of asking the Queen to suspend Parliament so his opponents could not propose legislation that would prevent him from leaving the EU without a deal.
The process is referred to as prorogation.
The BBC described prorogation as follows:
“Parliament is normally suspended—or prolonged—for a short period before a new session begins. It is done by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Parliamentary sessions normally last a year, but the current one has been going on for more than two years—ever since the June 2017 election.
When Parliament is prorogued, no debates and votes are held—and most laws that haven’t completed their passage through Parliament die a death.”
The Queen did suspend Parliament, but a court ruled that the act was illegal and members of Parliament were back at work last week.
The New York Times reported, “Britain’s highest court, in an extraordinary rebuke that deepened the country’s convulsive debate over Brexit, ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully when he suspended Parliament in his unyielding drive to pull Britain out of the European Union…
But the British Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Prime Minister had overstepped, and effectively declared Parliament back in session.”
The situation is getting dire for Boris Johnson. There have been calls to have him removed from office. There is talk that he may be deposed as soon as next week to prevent him from leading the British out of the EU with no deal.
A few weeks ago, Parliament passed a law that would prevent the prime minister from leaving the EU without a deal. The law said that if he didn’t reach a Brexit deal with the EU by October 19th, he would then have to request an extension with the EU.
Members of the opposition don’t trust Johnson to carry out the law and are working behind the scenes to schedule a no-confidence vote of the prime minister as early as next week.
The drama continues, but one thing is apparent: Boris Johnson is willing to risk his career to carry out the will of the British people.