On 25th August Boris Johnson told Sky News that the “chances of a Brexit deal are improving” but yesterday it was revealed as shown in the tweet above that so far there has been no new proposals made by his team towards the EU. It is of course only 43 days since he was appointed as the new Prime Minister, however there are only 56 days till the 31st October when Boris told his electors that he would remove us from the EU. Like many millions of people in our nation, I would rather that whoever takes over the leadership of this nation in the near future, would return to us in a meaningful way to explore the alternatives to the current proposals for departure from the EU. Given that the critical challenge if we wish to break out of the EU trade arrangements and if we wish to retain Northern Ireland as part of our Kingdom is that something will have to give. Given that if we wish to leave the EU and retain Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of our United Kingdom that we will hit conflict that will take 25-30 years to begin to resolve. However ignoring the fact that a majority voted for our departure would also be deeply flawed so we need to come back and find a way of understanding what the public wants given the options that can be made credible. If we cannot leave without the pain we are anticipating, then we need to know what people want to see change in the EU to help us to agree our referendum has achieved something meaningful.
On a more short term issue, given that our Prime Minister is calling for a General Election, and given that one would lead to a Queens Speech immediately afterwards, it makes no sense to continue with the plans for a Queens Speech and so the prorogation plans need to be postponed along with the Queens Speech.
In the meantime it is worth remembering the quote by Christopher Hitchens “Allow a friend to believe in a bogus prospectus or a false promise and you cease, after a short while, to be a friend at all.” Although very few people are friends of Boris Johnson, he is currently a Prime Minister. Given his false promises and bogus prospectus, he will shortly need to cease to be our Prime Minister. If the Labour Party are not currently willing to hold a General Election and certainly I am not enthusiastic about another election so soon after the 2017 one, perhaps the Conservative Party need to find a way of replacing him!