There seems to be an uncanny resemblance between the US President, Donald Trump and the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson or Boris Johnson as he is commonly referred to. It seems that both Trump and Johnson – apart from sporting their blond hair – are peculiar when it comes to verbal confrontations, tend to follow policies associated with political party dogma and are more likely to implement ethnocentric strategies. Both Trump and Johnson, however, have a long association with the media of their respective countries, which, as some claim, could be their reason to reach the echelons of power. Ironically, Boris Johnson was born in New York.
Boris Johnson, despite being in the news before entering 10 Downing Street as the Premier, had become the talk of the town in 2015-16 for his strong support for Brexit. Although Brexit is destined to give a drastic socio-economic blow to Britain, Johnson, on the other hand, remains satisfied with his decision for a no-deal Brexit.
Ironically, Johnson’s one of the major tasks now is his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit. The time limit: three months. The EU leaders are wondering if Boris Johnson is misleading them over his intentions for a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit, in the broader sense, would mean the UK would face endless border queues, a scarcity of medicine and disruption in flights. Moreover, the businesses in the UK who have their clients in the EU will face disruption in data management and will have an adversarial impact especially on technology-based organizations. After a no-deal Brexit, the UK’s profitable financial services sector would lose its exclusive rights that permit British-based companies to function in the EU’s single market.
Johnson has been adamant to take Britain out of the EU without any deal which will harm the socio-economic fabric of Britain. While the economic and trade growth of Britain – as critics opine – will decline
The no-deal Brexit would also end many of the UK’s provisions, agreements and pacts that cover all domains related to tariffs to how people move about from the UK into the EU; from the pricing, manufacturing and trade of goods to the creation, storage and sharing of data among companies to laws and regulations related to human resources, capital, asset management. In short, all sectors including and no limited to aviation, manufacturing, transportation and others will be affected. Every legal point must be agreed upon by the British authorities with their EU counterparts if there is no withdrawal agreement in place. Furthermore, in the absence of a deal, the UK would need to trade with the EU on the default terms of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including tariffs on agricultural goods. Even though Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, pledged her full support to Johnson, it seems as if the new British Premier will complete tasks on his own without asking for anyone’s help because he may want to prove his political acumen.
Moreover, when Johnson resigned as the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in July 2018 after he could not agree with Theresa May’s Brexit plans, it is evident he would not want May’s suggestion in how he will deal with Brexit.
As Boris Johnson begins his new journey as the British Premier, he is compelled to experience and resolve Britain’s political calamity following its exit from the European Union which will formally take place on October 31. Johnson will use his experience of being a former member of the Parliament, Mayor of London, and now as Leader of the Conservative Party to enter talks with the European Union in an attempt to encourage, influence and perhaps convince them to look into a withdrawal deal. If not, Johnson will have no other choice but to lead Britain into an era of economic vagueness.
Johnson has been adamant to take Britain out of the EU without any deal which will harm the socio-economic fabric of Britain. While the economic and trade growth of Britain – as critics opine – will decline. Taking Britain – the fifth largest economy of the world – away from the EU will shake Britain’s financial markets and will dwindle London’s stance as a global financial center.
The writer is an independent researcher, author and columnist