Brexit drama has parallels in US politics

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September 9, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Boris Johnson, prime minister of Great Britain

Watching Britain’s prime minister wage a vicious war with Parliament this week over Brexit is like catching a preview of a grim movie coming to a political theater near you.

The leading role is played by new Conservative Prime Minister and Trump clone, Boris Johnson, who wants to pull Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31, with, or more likely without, a deal with Brussels. In an expansion of executive power, Johnson ordered Parliament shut down for several weeks prior to that date in order to block it from stopping his plans.

A majority in Parliament fought back, including 21 rebels from the Conservative Party who believed a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for Britain. On Wednesday, the House of Commons passed legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Johnson, who has lost his majority in Parliament, then tried to get MPs to back a snap election on Oct. 15, but failed. He will no doubt try to get there by another parliamentary route.

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