TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC)-House of Commons Speaker John Bercow who has resigned and plans to leave on the 31st of October, has described the prorogation as abnormally long.
Boris Johnson has been heavy-handed with his fellow conservatives, stripping 21 of them of the whip for defying his no-deal strategy – which is to leave on the 31st of October do or die.
He has suffered many a blow himself in recent weeks, from the resignation of his brother Jo, to the high profile defection that lost him his majority. And now a bill has been passed that will force the prime minister to seek an extension from Brussels if it fails to reach a new deal by the 19 October. Battered but not broken Johnson remains defiant.
But the problem is, he hasn’t published anything to reassure the British public that he has a new and satisfactory deal in the pipeline and people are worried.
British MPs feel the same. After quitting over the treatment of her fellow conservative PMs, Amber Rudd said when she asked for a summary of the government’s plan she was handed a single sheet of paper.
On Monday the government refused to publish details of its no-deal plans, saying it would damage its negotiating position. And in the latest meeting between the prime minister’s chief negotiator and the EU, Boris Johnson’s first concrete proposal for replacing the Irish backstop was unceremoniously rejected.
But Johnson’s backers say he has secret plans and clever tricks up his sleeve and that the nation should trust the conservatives to get the job done.
According to British Finance Minister Sajid Javid, putting the government’s many ideas in the public domain would not be wise when it comes to the rules of negotiating.