What does the NRC think? The glimpse of clarity British politics really needs

British political culture thrives on strategic secrecy. In a system where two major parties are dominant, there is a continuous struggle behind the scenes between factions over political positions, over the leader’s ear, over power. It is no coincidence that the original series Korthus on British politics. Every now and then, these skirmishes are interrupted by glimpses of dazzling brightness.

Monday’s vote of confidence in the Conservatives’ parliamentary group under the House of Commons was one such moment. Boris Johnson can no longer ignore it: his position has been severely weakened and there is strong opposition to his prime minister and party leadership. In number, of the 359 tories that voted, 148 (40 percent) wanted to get rid of him because of the secret party, singing and even fighting and vomiting in 10 Downing Street during the pandemic.

The most important lesson to learn after the vote: Six years after the British voted for Brexit, political stability is very fragile. And that’s not going to change. Moods of trust are especially troublesome. Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher were killed not long after enduring similar attacks. Even now, Johnson’s opponents will take every mistake to remove him.

Johnson, in turn, will try to regain confidence, unite the party. He can rearrange his team of ministers to appease the currents in the Tories. He can spread even more money in constituencies. And even though he looks bad in the polls, he can try to print early elections: nothing unites the Tories better than uniting against Labor.

The play that will take place in Westminster has predictable elements and an unpredictable outcome. Whatever Johnson’s fate, it’s not the most important issue Britain faces. Not only him but also potential successors like Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will always stay connected with get Brexit implemented† That basic attitude is unfortunate and harmful to Britons and Europeans. The political and economic relationship between the UK and the EU is cool. Political strife over Northern Ireland’s border solution continues and trade has fallen.

Especially in uncertain times, with a war in Europe and global price increases, this kind of conflict between two blocs that mainly share many common values ​​and interests is undesirable and unnecessary. It will be politically and socially impossible to undo the termination in the coming decades.

But British policy will only seriously change course when a Tories leader sees through that the Brexit strategy that serves the country’s interests must be one of harm reduction, with a realistic view of both Northern Ireland and British-European economic relations. Only then can the entire British political spectrum begin to stabilize six years of turbulence.

That moment will last for a while yet. But the fact that 148 conservatives want to get rid of Johnson because he was not able to lead by example during the pandemic, a basic and important leadership ability, nor the mood of the nation felt is encouraging. It shows that the Tories are capable of organizing internal criticism on a large scale. Now expand the criticism from parties at official residences to the future relationship with the EU. This is the moment of clarity that British politics really needs.

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