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Britain’s Enemy Of The People?

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As a student of the classical world, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson must be aware that the model of the upper-class demagogue gaining power by stirring up the passions of aggrieved plebeians goes back to the late Roman Republic. If he manages to suspend Parliament and push through a hard Brexit, Britain may well face a similar fate.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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It’ll Take Superpowers To Unseat Boris Johnson. This Comic Book Fan Says He’s Got Them

Undeterred, Ali Milani carries on his mission. Which is convincing voters in this Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to vote for him and boot out their current Member of Parliament — who also happens to be Boris Johnson. If Milani pulls it off, it would be one of the biggest earthquakes in British political history. Never before has a sitting prime minister lost their seat in a general election.

UK Ups No-Deal Brexit Planning As Doubts Grow Over Its Readiness

The U.K.’s government under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stepped up planning and funding for a no-deal Brexit, but many feel that contingency plans will not be enough to mitigate the fallout from an increasingly likely abrupt departure from the EU.

Read Here – CNBC

Why Europe Can’t Stop Laughing At Boris Johnson

Across the Continent, the reaction to his ascension to the U.K.’s highest political office has been marked more by gallows humour than genuine concern about what his tenure might bring. From Brussels to Berlin, everyone seems to have a personal “best of Boris” list.

Read Here – Politico

Also Read – Boris Johnson Promises To Take ‘Personal Responsibility’ For Delivering Brexit In First Speech As PM

Iran Exposes Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bombast

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may be the world masters of the tactic, but Boris Johnson also understands the appeal of diversionary foreign policy. He made a career out of picking fights with the European Union — winning validation in the 2016 Brexit referendum and, very likely, in soon becoming his party’s choice to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May. Now, however, Johnson stands to inherit a foreign policy crisis that makes an already difficult job a lot harder.

Read Here – BloombergView

Enter Boris: What His Premiership Will Look Like

Quietly and discreetly, the planning for Boris Johnson’s premiership has begun. No one wants to be seen measuring the curtains, but his team are confident he’ll be the choice of Tory party members. It would be the most spectacular upset if he is not. Boris has fixed a Brexit deadline — 31 October — and time is short so his aides are concentrating on what to do when — if — he makes it to No. 10.

Read Here – The Spectator

The Contest To Replace Theresa May Raises An Unexpected Question: How Many Tories Inhaled?

Where to begin in considering the ten contenders to replace Theresa May as the Conservative Party Leader and, by extension, as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom? Maybe with the drugs.

Read Here – The New Yorker

The Post-Brexit Paradox Of ‘Global Britain’

Brexit is an all-consuming maelstrom of political dysfunction, one that has compelled Britain’s eyes inward. Yet amid the chaos, Prime Minister Theresa May has been steadfast in her determination that the country’s international role should not succumb to the same myopic fate as its departure from the European Union has.

Read Here – The Atlantic

The Race to Replace Theresa May: A Cheat Sheet

Theresa May’s decision to stand down as the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party—and, consequently, as prime minister—has sparked a leadership battle months in the making. As many as 11 Conservatives have announced their candidacy, and more can be expected to enter the race once it formally begins on June 10.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Theresa May Announces Her Resignation

Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close. Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve as Britain’s second prime minister. Her voice breaking, she said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude”.

Read Here – The Guardian

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