Sunday, February 21, 2016

Boris against David showdown on Brexit – Le Figaro

The mayor of the British capital Boris Johnson defies David Cameron advocating the exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union.

David against Boris: this will be the embodiment of the British battle over the European referendum. Having formed a long suspense, the Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said Sunday afternoon his choice to lead the campaign for Brexit ( “British exit” out of the United Kingdom of the European Union) against his fellow student at Eton and Oxford, Prime Minister David Cameron. A clash of Titans.

His charisma and popularity to put the “out” side of the service could be capable of tipping the balance of power. For now, the conflicting polls one another: after the lead given by TNS Brexit Friday, the status quo was ironing head with a lead of 15 points on Sunday, according Survation institute. “The chances of a Brexit increased significantly with the announcement of Boris Johnson,” said the former Labour Europe minister, Denis MacShane, author of a book on the Brexit. With “huge sorrow”, rival David Cameron let outweigh its atavistic Euroscepticism. Carefully weighed political calculation: if out of Europe, it would be a designated successor to Cameron disavowed. And even perhaps if they win the status quo …

“Exit Europe threaten our security and our prosperity”

Boris Johnson said Sunday that he wanted “a better deal” for the British in order to “save money and take control.” “I want a new relationship (with Europe) based on more trade and much less supranational content,” he told the hundred journalists outside his London home.

“The last thing I wanted was to oppose David Cameron or the government, but after a lot of headaches, I do not think I can help it,” assured Mayor London. Arguing the defense of British sovereignty, Johnson said the European Union “in real danger of escaping proper democratic control.”

After the battle of Brussels, the Battle of Britain in Europe began on hubcaps. Returned to London on the night of Friday to Saturday, David Cameron had already faced with dissent within his own government. If he managed to pull-fought consensus among the Twenty-Eight, that was not the case with the 23 Conservative cabinet ministers. Five of them, and several secretaries of state, entered into dissidence to campaign against the retention of the UK in Europe. Minutes after the confirmation by the Premier of June 23 for the referendum, they appeared on Saturday afternoon in a meeting Leave the Vote organization.

Leading the dissidents, before rallying Boris Johnson, found Michael Gove, justice minister and close friend of Cameron, who said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by this defection. There are also Iain Duncan Smith, Minister of Labour and Pensions, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, John Whittingdale (Culture), Theresa Villiers (Northern Ireland) and Priti Patel (Secretary of State for Employment ). They are now free to campaign for Brexit, retaining their seats in government. An exception to governmental solidarity imposed Cameron last month, resignation threats to the key.

The Premier reluctantly accepted the rules of the game, relieved to see the greatest figures of the cabinet, which George Osborne (Finance) and Theresa May (Indoor), remain on his side. Fervent eurosceptic, the Minister for Enterprise, Sajid Javid, announced his support for the campaign of the “in” to “pragmatism”, but believes that the UK should not have to join Europe! Conversely, the Tory candidate to succeed Boris Johnson in London during the municipal elections in May, Zac Goldsmith, has also committed to the output of the EU, a bold strategic bet to win most city Europhile country.

Given the history issue, the political lines are deeply upset. After engaging the future of the UK in the referendum of adventure to try to restore the unity of his party, David Cameron may ultimately fail to either side. This second phase of the battle of Brexit already shows in him a change of tone. After months boo Europe, here turned into his best advocate. Certainly it appears semantic reserves: “I do not like Brussels, I love Britain.” But, hammering at will the “special status” of Britain in Europe, it warns against “a leap into the unknown.” “Exit Europe threaten our security and our prosperity,” he argues. The country is “safer, stronger, richer” within the EU, will he get down to repeat throughout the country 123 days.


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