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Will Johnson-Brexit break up UK?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Brexit driving seat.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Brexit driving seat.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a tough week in visits to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where in the main he did not have support for his ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which is the political slogan of the Johnson-led Tories today; raising concerns about the expected developments of a no-deal ‘Johnson-Brexit’ leading to a breakup of the United Kingdom.

The moves for a no-deal Brexit which is the catchword of Boris Johnson and his Cabinet are increasing the regional voices seeking moves to break away from the United Kingdom, in both Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He faced a harsh greeting in Scotland with crowds jeering as he met Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), a very strong critic of Johnsons’ Brexit moves, who remains opposed to a no-deal Brexit, in particular. Scotland voted against Brexit and to remain with the European Union in the 2016 Referendum of leaving the EU, and remains very strongly supportive of retaining the strongest links with the EU, especially with regard to the importance of fishing in its economy.

Boris Johnson’s also met with the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is also strongly opposed to a no-deal Brexit, and did not back Mr. Johnson at any stage in the leadership race. The meeting was reportedly ‘businesslike’ and discussions were cordial.

Mr. Johnson, who has been strongly opposed to a second referendum on Scottish Independence from the UK, now faces strong moves by the Scottish political organisations, and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for another referendum, soon after a Brexit deal is reached by the UK, which will see a steadily increasing Scottish vote for a breakaway from the UK.

The situation in Wales was no better for the British Prime Minister, who was met there too with much booing and jeering. The First Minister Mark Drakeford was also strongly opposed to a no-deal Brexit, especially about the ‘catastrophic impact’ it would have on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors in Wales. There is increasing fear that a Brexit would make Welsh farmers lose their main market for lamb and sheep meat, the largest export from Wales, which will have little benefit from the promised assistance by the Johnson government. The Welsh people also voted in favour of remaining in the EU in the 2016 UK referendum.

It was a mixed welcome that Johnson had in Northern Ireland, with no certainty of support for a no- deal Brexit. The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Arlene Foster showed readiness to carry on the support for the Tories in the House of Commons, as agreed with Theresa May; but there will also be calls for increased payments for Northern Ireland Affairs, while the increasing reduction of the Tory vote in the Commons may not help the DUP in continued support demands. The Sinn Fein leadership, which remains opposed to leaving the EU, calls for a referendum on future links with the Irish Republic after any Brexit deal. Boris Johnson and the Tories face a continuing problem with no regular government in Northern Ireland, due to divisions among the main political parties there, posing another major problem to the new Prime Minister.

A success on a no-deal Brexit strongly promoted by Boris Johnson and his new Cabinet, poses the major problem of demands for two referenda by Scotland and Northern Ireland on the future dealings in a united Britain, with the strong possibility of votes for a breakaway from the United Kingdom. The politics of Brexit is now taking a trend that threatens the unity of the UK.

Meanwhile, the possibility of increased expenditure in the UK, due to a no-deal Brexit, has made the new Chancellor Sajid Javid to commit an additional Pounds 2.1 bn to stave off expected disruptions in such a situation, prompting accusations of wasting taxpayers’ money on an outcome opposed by MPs and voters. The new decision brings to Pounds 6.3 bn the amount set aside by the Treasury for no-deal preparations, which has been branded by opponents as “a colossal waste of money”. Mr. Javid has said it was ‘vital’ to spend the money on planning to be sure that the UK can leave the EU on the October 31 deadline, deal or no-deal.

Boris Johnson also faces the loss of one more seat in the Commons, with Opposition likely to win the by-election in the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency in Wales, this Thursday 01, his first major electoral test as Prime Minister. This would mean the Tories will have only a one seat majority in the Commons.

China reacts to Hong Kong protests

After a silence during eight weeks of protests by people of Hong Kong, with later protests leading to violence and clashes between young protesters and the Police, China has warned that Hong Kong’s continued unrest had gone ‘far beyond’ peaceful protests, and also blamed Western influence.

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said it was compelled to respond after three days of protest that saw unauthorized demonstrations across four districts, including the airport and downtown shopping areas. Police on Sunday night fired clouds of tear gas over demonstrators in the normally buzzing area of Sai Ying Pun, which also hosts the main Chinese government office in Hong Kong.

It also blamed Western forces and defended police conduct after the city endured another weekend of violent clashes between protesters and police. It said some “irresponsible people” in the West have applied “strange logic” that prompted them to be sympathetic and tolerant to “violent crimes” while criticizing the police force's “due diligence.”

“At the end of the day, their intention is to create trouble in Hong Kong, make Hong Kong a problem to China, in order to contain China's development,” the spokesman said, without mentioning any specific individuals or countries.

There is increased concern that the Hong Kong protests would continue leading to a new area of conflict between the West and China.

North Korea Missiles

North Korea conducted two weapons test in less than a week Wednesday, firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast. Observers say the move could be aimed at boosting pressure on the United States, amidst moves to have fresh nuclear talks.


The weapons fired appeared very similar to ones launched six days ago – which were nuclear-capable and would be difficult for defense systems to track and destroy. The U.S. had little or no warning of recent North Korean short range tests. Both missiles were believed to have flown about 155 miles at a maximum altitude of 19 miles, and the South Korean and U.S. militaries were seeking more details, with increased concerns about future nuclear arms tests by North Korea.

The tests come as the country's negotiations with the U.S. over its nuclear weapons programme are at a stalemate, with Pyongyang angered over planned US – South Korea military drills.

North Korea is reportedly facing major economic hardships due to the sanctions imposed by the US and UN over its nuclear weapon programme. It was expecting relief after the two Summit meetings between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, which have brought nothing.

Democrat campaign against Trump

Two televised debates among 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US this week saw the rise of four likely candidates with strong campaigns against President Donald Trump in the next presidential polls in 2020.

In the lead is former Vice President Joe Biden, but he is strongly challenged by three others – Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, who are campaigning with strong moves on Health Care, Immigration and overall social support for the people.

Joe Biden stands out as a moderate Democrat, with his considerable experience in politics, and being VP to President Barack Obama. However, he is strongly opposed by the others who are increasingly called ‘Socialists’ by Donald Trump, as well as Democratic Party members who seek a moderate slogans to attract the voting public.

However, the call for wider health care facilities to the people, with wider insurance facilities, and even moving close to the European health care systems, is drawing increasing interest among voters. They are also calling for more humane policies on immigration, which is becoming a major political and electoral issue with the harsh policies introduced by President Trump, drawing considerable support from largely white and rural Americans.

The working out of the campaign of the Democrats, and the next Democrat challenger to President Trump, comes as President Trump himself is using racism, against black or non-white Americans in his campaign for 2020. After his strongly opposed call for four Democrat Congresswomen to ‘go back’ to the countries they came from, he has also harshly insulted a Senior Congressman Elijah Cummings and civil rights advocate Al Sharpton, both African American.

Political and media analysts see Trump’s move on racism drawing increased support from the electorates he won the majority votes in the last presidential poll, and as a good slogan for the 2020 campaign.

Next month will mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in America, when the first slave ship docked, in Virginia. Trump remarked upon the “horrors of slavery” in a speech on Tuesday, to commemorate the event. A few hours earlier he used Twitter to attack the African American Congressman Cummings and Civil Rights Advocate Al Sharpton.


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