UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not resign, even if Parliament voted against the provisions of the throne speech of the Queen, with which she addressed the legislature on Monday, said the official representative of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Elizabeth II spoke on Monday at the official opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session with a throne speech, in which she listed the priorities of the government for the coming year.
Among the main items on the agenda: a large block of laws on Brexit, including reform of the migration system, as well as reform of the social and law enforcement spheres. The text of the speech is written by the government and approved by the cabinet. Parliament will vote on the content of the speech within five working days.
“No (he will not resign – ed.). If parliamentarians vote against the government’s work program, they will have the task of explaining to the public why they opposed the support of the social sphere, the police, schools and hospitals,” said a government representative, responding to the questions of journalists.
Earlier, the opposition leader called the proposed government work program a farce, as Johnson’s cabinet does not have a majority in the House of Commons and the new prime minister’s government was defeated in parliament when considering all key issues.
The opened session of the parliament’s work promises to be historic: in the course of it, finally, more than three years after the referendum, the fate of Brexit should be determined. It also raises questions as to whether laws envisaged by the government’s work program will be submitted to Parliament, which intends to attack Johnson this week and force him to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without agreement.
The head of government said earlier that he would withdraw the country from the EU on October 31 with or without agreement. However, in September, parliament passed a law requiring the head of government to request a postponement of Brexit on the first business day after October 19 if the text of the withdrawal agreement is not agreed before October 19 (next Saturday).
Johnson, after passing the law, said that “it would be better to die under the fence” than he would ask for the postponement of Brexit. Parliamentarians in response stated that they intend to achieve their goal, even by resigning the prime minister.
Even if Johnson survives the battle with parliament, the current cabinet agenda may still not materialize. Everyone – Johnson himself and the opposition – wants to hold early parliamentary elections. With a high degree of probability they will take place in November.
Because of this, the Queen’s current speech should rather be called not the government’s agenda for the year, but Johnson’s election program, which he introduced on the eve of early elections.
Government officials had previously stated that Johnson would not voluntarily resign under any circumstances.
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