Johnson, Who Promised Brexit, Says Stop Talking About Brexit

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his conservatives won a significant victory in yesterday's election and increased the size of their majority, but the future of Britain's "Brexit" may not be as certain as the results tell us.

Johnson, who made the Brexit the centerpiece of his campaign and pledged to deliver it, says it's time to stop talking about the thing he promised.

Results from the 650 parliamentary constituencies around the United Kingdom showed that Johnson’s Conservative Party had trounced its main opponent, winning 365 seats to the Labour Party’s 203, the best win for the Conservatives since 1987.

“I frankly urge everyone on either side of what are, after 3.5 years, an increasingly arid argument, I urge everyone to find closure and to let the healing begin,” Johnson said outside Downing Street.

I know that after five weeks, frankly, of electioneering, this country deserves a break from wrangling, a break from politics and a permanent break from talking about Brexit.

Johnson says Britain deserves a break after talking about the Brexit for "five weeks" in a row, but the Brexit is due to occur in about five more weeks. You may recall the Brexit was delayed until the last week of January.

Now, although Johnson and his conservatives won an apparently decisive victory, exit polls from the election show that public sentiment has turned further against the Brexit and it remains to be see how committed to it parliament's freshmen will be. I think we can expect to see significant protests in the weeks and months ahead if Johnson and the new conservative majority moves ahead with it.

I'm not fluent enough in British politics to explain why the public elected a greater majority of conservatives if they don't want the Brexit but, as an American, I can relate to the experience of watching my fellow citizens electing politicians who will actively harm, rather than improve, the quality of their lives.

I would not be surprised if the Brexit is delayed beyond next month's deadline even if Johnson has the majority he needs to finish it.

  • We suffer from the same election difficulty as the US – the total number of votes given to the Remain parties was over a million more than the total number of votes given to the Leave parties (this was 53% to 47% Remain). Unfortunately, the constituencies are drawn so that it takes a lot more voters to put say, a Labour candidate, into a seat than it does to put a Tory in, if you average out the size of the constituencies.

    Conservative: 38,304 average per seat; Labour: 50,649 average per seat requirement. The other parties are even worse.

    It sucks.

    • JMAshby

      Sounds like you have your own twisted version of our electoral college. Thank you for adding this insight.

  • Aynwrong

    When I first heard this on the car radio this morning I just reflexively yelled out YOU FUCKING FOOLS!”

    I don’t what else to say.

  • muselet

    As far as I can see—based, as I’ve said before, primarily on the reporting of BBC News and my own peculiar extrapolations and interpolations—Johnson knows just barely enough about the EU to lie fluently, but not nearly enough to formulate meaningful policies or negotiate in good faith.

    Life is about to get very interesting for Johnson, and I don’t know if he has the first clue how to handle that. No wonder he wants everyone to stop talking about Brexit: he’s the dog that caught the car.

    And don’t get me started on the worse-than-useless Jeremy Corbyn. (Yes, British politics is at least as infuriating as ours. Quelle surprise.)