Rt Hon Boris Johnson

Homme politique et ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères britannique

L’homme politique britannique du Parti conservateur a été une figure clé dans les débats sur le Brexit toujours en cours et a mené le vote en faveur de la sortie de la Grande-Bretagne de l’UE. De 1999 à 2005, Boris Johnson a édité le magazine d’information conservateur «The Spectator». Depuis 2015, il représente la circonscription d’Uxbridge and South Ruislip (ouest du Grand Londres), au sein de la Chambre des communes dont il faisait déjà partie de 2001 à 2008 en tant qu’élu d’Henley. Il a occupé le poste de maire de Londres de 2008 à 2016, puis celui de ministre des Affaires étrangères entre juillet 2016 et juillet 2018. Boris Johnson a écrit de nombreux livres dont «The Churchill Factor», «Johnson’s Life of London» et «Have I Got Views for You». Il a également reçu de nombreuses distinctions, tant comme rédacteur que comme éditorialiste, et écrit aujourd’hui pour «The Telegraph».

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The future of Brexit

The UK finds itself in an interesting moment in politics and history, according to Rt Boris Johnson. There is a clash going on, between direct and representative democracy, and the fundamental question is whether the will of the people will prevail over in these circumstances. The job of parliament is to educate, and the British parliament has failed to do so. Dire predictions of the effects Brexit would have are being tossed around without regard to their veracity. The referendum has split the country, and another would likely have an even more polarizing effect. The UK would prefer a pragmatic solution, claims Rt Boris Johnson, but for sake of progress a no deal situation must be accepted as a possibility. Switzerland is viewed as a kind of model for an ideal relationship with the EU with remaining a sovereign nation. Following the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May, Rt Boris Johnson declared he would be running in the next election; however, he did not wish to elaborate. The former Foreign Minister proceeded to compliment Theresa May on the hard work and effort she had put in and claimed that her successor would have a chance to do things differently.