26 Jun, 2016 @ 12:17
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Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘poison chalice’ nailed by online commenter

'POISONED CHALICE': Conspiracy theorist pours cold water on Brexit win

BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove’s Brexit victory has been called into question by an online commenter.

Despite Johnson and Gove’s Leave campaign winning Thursday’s EU referendum, a prolific anti-Brexit commenter has labelled the result a poisoned chalice for the Tory MPs in a comment below a Guardian article.

'POISONED CHALICE': Conspiracy theorist pours cold water on Brexit win
‘POISONED CHALICE’: Conspiracy theorist pours cold water on Brexit win

The commenter, known as Teebs, claims Johnson now finds himself in a no-win situation and calls on someone to ‘have the guts’ to say Brexit would be a huge mistake.

Teebs said: “If Boris Johnson looked downbeat yesterday, that is because he realises that he has lost. Perhaps many Brexiters do not realise it yet, but they have actually lost, and it is all down to one man: David Cameron.

“With one fell swoop yesterday at 9:15 am, Cameron effectively annulled the referendum result, and simultaneously destroyed the political careers of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and leading Brexiters who cost him so much anguish, not to mention his premiership.

“How? Throughout the campaign, Cameron had repeatedly said that a vote for leave would lead to triggering Article 50 straight away. Whether implicitly or explicitly, the image was clear: he would be giving that notice under Article 50 the morning after a vote to leave.

“Whether that was scaremongering or not is a bit moot now but, in the midst of the sentimental nautical references of his speech yesterday, he quietly abandoned that position and handed the responsibility over to his successor.
“And as the day wore on, the enormity of that step started to sink in: the markets, Sterling, Scotland, the Irish border, the Gibraltar border, the frontier at Calais, the need to continue compliance with all EU regulations for a free market, re-issuing passports, Brits abroad, EU citizens in Britain, the mountain of legistlation to be torn up and rewritten … the list grew and grew.
“The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction.
“The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50?
“Who will want to have the responsibility of all those ramifications and consequences on his/her head and shoulders?
Boris Johnson knew this yesterday, when he emerged subdued from his home and was even more subdued at the press conference. He has been out-maneouvered and check-mated.

“If he runs for leadership of the party, and then fails to follow through on triggering Article 50, then he is finished. If he does not run and effectively abandons the field, then he is finished. If he runs, wins and pulls the UK out of the EU, then it will all be over – Scotland will break away, there will be upheaval in Ireland, a recession … broken trade agreements. Then he is also finished. Boris Johnson knows all of this. When he acts like the dumb blond it is just that: an act.
“The Brexit leaders now have a result that they cannot use. For them, leadership of the Tory party has become a poison chalice.
When Boris Johnson said there was no need to trigger Article 50 straight away, what he really meant to say was “never”. When Michael Gove went on and on about “informal negotiations” … why? why not the formal ones straight away? … he also meant not triggering the formal departure. They both know what a formal demarche would mean: an irreversible step that neither of them is prepared to take.
“All that remains is for someone to have the guts to stand up and say that Brexit is unachievable in reality without an enormous amount of pain and destruction, that cannot be borne. And David Cameron has put the onus of making that statement on the heads of the people who led the Brexit campaign.”

Joe Duggan (Reporter)

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  1. Boris has already said that if his political career was over, for whatever reason, he would not care and that he was satisfied enough with being London mayor for 8 years. As for article 50, it’s an interesting scenario. The referendum does not automatically mean article 50 will be invoked at all. Referendums have been ignored and bypassed before. Parliament is pro-Remain, so it will be intesting to see how this pans out.

    • I think the Brexiteers are getting far too excited far too soon. One thing’s for sure, nothing will turn out as they thought it would and there is a strong possibility that it will not get through parliament. If it does get through and Article 50 is invoked, free trade/single market is vital (particularly to the City) and a Norway type agreement, which would include free movement of people, is very much on the cards. If that happens, it has all been for nothing and we would have been better off sticking with the original deal and Dave’s renegotiations. What a cock up.

  2. “This isn’t democracy; it is Russian roulette for republics.” Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University.

    “Britain’s Democratic Failure” in Boston Globe

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