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British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson quits as May faces mounting Brexit crisis

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2 ( +7 / -5 )

May is a fish flopping around with no water to swim in. See ya

4 ( +5 / -1 )

May's done for. Her Prime Ministership hangs on her delivering a pie-in-the-sky version of Brexit that never would have happened.

The Pro-Brexit campaigners (including Boris the Boor) all thought they could just walk away from the EU and with a wave of a teacup, get all the benefits of EU membership (specifically on trade) with none of the consequences. They thought that somehow, Europe would just give them everything they wanted and there'd be no negatives from leaving the EU.

Now the EU is telling the UK to stuff their tea up their crumpets, and May can't deliver on her promises. Of course, the purists like Boris are abandoning ship, because they can try and claim that if only the UK had done the 'clean Brexit' that they wanted, then everything would be nice and rosy.

Nevermind that a 'clean Brexit' had about the same chance of happening as me getting declared the next King of England.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Johnson is an self-serving, lying charlatan of the lowest order. Like Trump, pretty much everything he says is untrue.

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Johnson is an self-serving, lying charlatan of the lowest order. Like Trump, pretty much everything he says is untrue.

I agree! I wonder if he is positioning himself for a more prominent role once the smoke clears. The rats are jumping ship, and he will welcome Dump with open arms!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Make Boris the PM.

He will quit even faster.

Big mounts but empty suit.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

*mouth

argh...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

You Brexit, you bought it.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Brexit brought to you by ignorant voters, the self-serving Tories, and Russian intelligence. I imagine May's speech will be something like "Who knew BREXIT would be so difficult." I wonder if Trump and May will start to slam each other in the media soon.

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The only reason the May is still standing is that nobody else wants the job.

She should have the guts to say,

"Opps, we might have made a mistake here. Let's have another referendum."

Then bow out.

As for Johnson, the ultimate opportunist.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

The cannibal party ringing the dinner bell over Europe is nothing new.

Johnson should have never been in the cabinet in the first place. A boil on the arse of British politics. I’m convinced he doesn’t care one way or the other about the issue itself. Just jostling for position.

The incompetence of this government is infuriating.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Someone should put all the worlds politicians into one house, make a TV reality show out of it and see who can out- lie each other.

I think it would be hilarious LOL

3 ( +4 / -1 )

This is all a huge blunder driven by a combination of the fantasies of little Englanders and an inability to have a proper discussion on immigration in the preceding ten years, due not least to anti-immigrant fever whipped up the assorted nutters who own and run the tabloid press.

The government has spent two years ignoring glaring practicalities like the Irish question and finally come up with a plan that it does not even agree with itself. It relies on concessions that the EU will reject out of hand. Rather than collapsing, the EU has come together and it's now 26 against 1. With Trump putting up the barriers, the idea of quickly concluding better trade deals outside the EU also looks a fantasy.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Hopefully this will lead to her ousting. We need a strong leader who will push for a hard-Brexit. Well done to David and Boris for taking this action.

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Hopefully this will lead to her ousting. We need a strong leader who will push for a hard-Brexit.

And who might that be? Have you looked at the Tories recently?

The last time they had a leadership battle we had lobotomised muppets like May, Leadsom and Gove.

Has anyone emerged since then? Jacob Rees-Mogg?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Boris Johnson is pure political panto,

Electorate , shouting

"where is he??... '

"look behind you! he's behind you!!!"

"where?"

"behind you!!" ......

Significantly, it policy the country needs not panto.....

Theresa May's Mansion House Speech (full).......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccJRA6jiD4U

Theresa May third way has little or nothing in common with this speech delivered in February.......

Theresa May leadership falls between hapless witless and weak, devoid of any resemblance of authority that true leadership in government demands.

The Brexit Hokey Cokey is not an option, there is no proverbial one foot in one foot out. UK makes a clean break, or remains a EU member.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Great, we will have less bad hair days. Too many in recent years.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Brexit is a slogan to revive that prosperous British Empire but not well-adapted to this present time.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Rees-Mogg would be an awesome PM. He was practically born for the job. Too bad the UK doesn't have a Donald Trump to get us a good deal. He wouldn't take any nonsense or half-measures.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

May will not go. She will make it as long-winded as possible, costing everyone time. If the Conservatives don't choose a new leader who supports Brexit, it will be the end of the party. Support for leaving the EU hasn't changed.

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Too bad the UK doesn't have a Donald Trump to get us a good deal. 

I was considering the same thing. We are witnessing now huge damage with no deals in sight.

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May is useless.  The whole Brexit process has been a fiasco.   EU been just as useless.

Time to say enough and pull the plug.

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Too bad the UK doesn't have a Donald Trump to get us a good deal. He wouldn't take any nonsense or half-measures.

Well, it would give credence to the expression ‘Eurotrash’ if we did find something like him.

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The Tory government have been in crisis and chaos since losing the Brexit referendum.

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Great post, David Varnes.

They thought that somehow, Europe would just give them everything they wanted and there'd be no negatives from leaving the EU.

Did they (pollies & brexit voters) really think so? I mean did Brexiteers really think they would outwit & outmanoeuvre euros? I'd expect this sort of naivety from non-europeans but not from Brits tbh. There was no love lost between the UK and EU when they were together, why would Brexit divorce negotiations be any different/better?!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I'd expect this sort of naivety from non-europeans but not from Brits tbh.

Well, that's the problem. Too many Brits really don't think they are European. Although I never expected them to be so naive that they'd fall for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and their self-serving Little Englander rhetoric.

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Rees-Mogg is far too alien and removed for the British public to stomach. His religious right-wing foppery might have got by a century ago but he's no chance at the gig.

Gove is seen as an untrustworthy character, he won't be PM, either.

But Boris? The man is a shark, a hater of the working class and a liar. He'll get in because too many people are fooled by the man. His exit from govt is only a temporary one, unfortunately.

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Although I never expected them to be so naive that they'd fall for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and their self-serving Little Englander rhetoric.

To be fair, many brexiteers on the left in particular saw Johnson and Farage as complete ball bags.

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Johnson is an self-serving, lying charlatan of the lowest order. Like Trump, pretty much everything he says is untrue.

True. This has nothing to do with Brexit and more with Boris wanting to be PM, he'll let the country fall apart, he doesn't care as long as he get what he wants. Hopefully, this won't happen as many Tories loathe Johnson, they'll never support him.

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Too many Brits really don't think they are European.

Dunno about that tbh. Most euros I know don't particularly 'feel' European but they know they've enough in common to work and live together. That's what the EU should be all about.

99% of the Brits I know feel the same (especially those who've spent a big chunk of their lives overseas: we need each other to talk football, women, politics etc!!).

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Oh dear. Things aren't looking good for May. Unfortunately, they're not looking good for Britain either. We're in a very tough spot right now, and I don't see it getting any better any time soon.

"Nice try," she said with a touch of bravado. "But I'm getting on with delivering what the British people want."

No you're not. That's the only thing you haven't done. You've dealt so much damage to Brexit that I can only assume that your actions are a deliberate sabotage. May was opposed to Brexit after all, and since she came to power she has only destroyed it little by little. She put on airs about securing us the Brexit deal that we wanted, before botching it piece by piece and making concession after concession. Now, we're backed into a corner. We can't stay in the EU. It forces us to obey by so many rules and regulations, none of which we have any say in (so much for the EU being a democracy. The people are being denied any chance to use their power). It controls us, believing that "what's good for the goose is good for the gander", but that just isn't true. What works for one country is very damaging to another. But the EU doesn't care about that, and it doesn't care about the harm being caused. It is only concerned with the illusion of a united Europe, but the EU is fraying at the seams. We can't stay, but thanks to May: we can't leave either. She's caused too much damage for that. If we stay, we'll suffer, if we leave, we'll suffer. Either way, we're done for, at least in the short term. It will take decades to reverse the damage caused by this botched Brexit. Unless the EU collapses, there's not going to be an easy way out for us.

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Getting rid of Boris is a plus. If this govenment falls, that will abother plus. If Trump then decides not to visit, you'll have hit the trifecta. If England also wins the World Cup, it will be a banner month.

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goldorak, Jimizo:

'Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off' may have been fake news, but it pretty much sums up the attitudes of the English toward Europe I soaked up during my first 16 years there. Of course, it has been 32 years since I last darkened the shores of the UK, so maybe things have changed - or so I thought until I heard the Brexit result.

It seems just about everyone posting here agrees about Boris, though. Just depends which laughable part of the human body you want to compare him to.

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Fatty is finished. May should have fired him last year after he wrote that article. I guess they thought it would be better him peeing inside the tent, another misjudgment.

Johnson will not be missed.

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We need a strong leader who will push for a hard-Brexit. Well done to David and Boris for taking this action.

If your hard Brexit involves pulling Ireland back into the troubles, no thanks.

On the other hand, it may just activate a push for unity and an end to British dominion over the occupied 6 counties, which would be marvellous.

Johnson and Davis are spineless jellies, though. Foisting Brexit on voters who were not given the full story as to outcomes and consequences and now they're off, oozing and ruminating on how much more they can wreck things.

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We can't stay in the EU. It forces us to obey by so many rules and regulations, none of which we have any say in (so much for the EU being a democracy. The people are being denied any chance to use their power).

Hmmmm. Have the people ever had a say, though? Have they ever used their power?

Apart from occasional incidents like the poll tax riots, the people don't tend to rise up. If they ever did flex their muscles, it would alarm Westminster and Whitehall.

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kawabegawa198Today  09:16 am JST

Rees-Mogg would be an awesome PM.

Going to qualify that comment or did you just think it would be good for winding up lefties?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

hard Brexit - get it done.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

hard Brexit - get it done.

What's that all about, then?

Anyone can post a slogan.

Tiocfaidh ár lá, for example.

A hard Brexit might just undo all the good work that the GFA did. Are people happy to see that go down?

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Those Brexiteer ministers are quitting before they get found out.They had no alternative plans apart from opposing May and saying a hard Brexit.But with the reality of exiting being harder than they thought and what it encompasses,they chose to quit because they are weak and weren't willing to see it through.But when your whole game is built on bluff and fluff you'll bail before you get exposed.

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Time to say enough and pull the plug. yep agree, time to sign on the dotted line, UK factories can pack up and move to the EU where its cheaper. You want your Brexit sovereignty then take the whole pie , not just the sweet parts in the center.

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I had to laugh at the screams of the Chicken Littles in 2016 when I heard the result of chancer Camoron's Referendumb, but I had more laughter left over for the naive numpties salivating expectantly for a Full English Brexit (with red, white and blue crumpets). For the last 2 years I've been content to watch the inexorable countdown to meltdown of "strong'nstable" May and her self-deluded Brexiteers while digesting generous slices of schadenfreude with my popcorn. The European Union led by a dominant Deutschland were never going to allow the whining UK Tories throw their toys out of the pram and petulantly demand their cake and eat it. Brexit was a transparent right-wing scam from the get go, concocted by an unscrupulous camarilla of self-serving charlatans, two of whom, dozy Dave Davis and "Man who needs a bl**dy good shearing", Bullingdon Bojo have bolted from the Brexitannic. The folk in the UK can now breathe a sigh of relief after the wasted years of Mayhem and look forward to a Brexodus followed by Corbyn's clean-up, consigning the Conservatives to the electoral trashcan where they belong together with their foul-smelling bag of Brexit snake-oil.

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The Brexit clowns need a WC desperately :)

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May is useless. The whole Brexit process has been a fiasco.  EU been just as useless.

Time to say enough and pull the plug.

A useless comment indeed. The EU is and has been very useful for Europeans in the Eastern part of the EU. Even those who don't rule their countries according to EU agreements know that. Business within the internal market have been thriving and ruling of the EU on certain foreign food products, the Big US Tech firms and recently GDPR has been pretty effective so far. Scotland received EU money to tackle social issues, money they wouldn't have received from London. etc etc.

Just pull the plug :)

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To be fair, many brexiteers on the left 

My goodness, you've 'leftist' brexiteers too ? :)

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"Brexit is a slogan to revive that prosperous British Empire but not well-adapted to this present time."

No, Brexit is an attempt to take back the U.K. from the globalists. It's struggling now.

What I wanna know is when England is gonna take back their country from the U.K., lol.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

President Trump is causing a diplomatic stir with his comments "on his mate Boris" and claiming the UK is in turmoil and meeting Putin will be easier than meeting British PM May.

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Given Scotland ties to the EU it's possible the UK could split apart. Could London declare itself a city-state also with ties to the EU? It's going to get crazy

This isn't a bad outcome per se. More of an opportunity for some reorganization. Yep, it's a corporate re-org! It means that the conditions of continued solidarity and first-past-the-post voting were all a canard. Like a stuffed board of directors. Until those lies are dealt with, without them they will now tear apart the careful facades. It's just a question of how long

A new UK could emerge, one based on accepting that people outside of cities were not being respected and to move forward that would need to happen. A new funding formula would result but it will depend what's more important, money or country? That might be harder than other places as with its class based system, it was already two countries socially.

Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, what now?

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SerranoJuly 10 11:21 pm JST

"Brexit ...

...

lol.

Well, thanks for letting us know that was ... "funny." I would never have guessed.

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