British Politics
Chancellor Philip Hammond On BBC Breakfast

British politics is currently faced with challenges as Tory leaders and the Conservatives continue their political campaign. It is obvious the departure date of the outgoing Prime minister is approaching, and so, the need for a new Prime minister who will deliver Brexit has become the parliaments’ primary focus.

The Chancellor ‘Philip Hammond’ in today’s interview told the BBC if MPs could not find a way through the impasse, alternatively, the decision could be handed “back to the people”. This could mean a second referendum or general elections. However, several candidates in the Tory leadership race have said they would possibly leave the European Union without a deal, this came after ‘Theresa May’s’ deal was rejected three times by MPs.

Philip Hammond had earlier said, he has left the door open to a Tory leadership run but admits he is a “divisive figure” within the Conservative Party, adding that it would be better for a “fresher face” to succeed Theresa May. This he said based on the current state of British politics.

The former Work and Pension Secretary ‘Esther McVey’, a contender to replace Theresa May told BBC’s Breakfast the United Kingdom would “be out” of European Union by 31 October if she emerge the Prime minister. This would mean whether or not any deal with the European Union is ratified by the Parliament she said.

Ms. McVey also added, Mrs. Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union was “not good enough” for the United Kingdom, the “door is open” for Brussels to make changes – which it has refused to do.

Philip Hammond when questioned on BBC Radio 4’s program today, whether he would enter the contest to replace Theresa May, he said: “My position is this, I have a very clear view about these things and I want to make sure my view is represented in this contest”.

He went on to explain, “Because my views are quite well known and have been expressed in quite uncompromising terms over a long period of time, I am, maybe, quite a divisive figure”. “I would rather that the view I represent are presented in this contest by someone with, perhaps, a fresher face. As long as I feel the views I hold are properly represented, I won’t feel the need to take part”. 

Mr. Hammond made it clear the public voted to leave the European Union and it will “a stain on Parliament if, in the end, we have to admit we have been unable to agree how to discharge that mandate”. But “If we do get to the point where Parliament does admit that it cannot resolve the situation, then it will have to be remitted back to the people”.

He also added, “I am not sure that a general election can resolve the question for the simple reason that both the main political parties are divided on the issues”. “My strong preference is for Parliament to resolve this, but if Parliament can’t resolve it, then Parliament will have it decide how we remit back to the people, whether it is in the form of a general election or a referendum”.  

Boris Johnson

In another dimension, the Conservative leadership candidate ‘Boris John’ has been summoned by the court based on political speech.

In addition to the ongoing political issue, Boris Johnson is however addressed as one that has built his career on dishonesty, irresponsibility, and egotism.

According to a reporter, who feels concerned about the damage cause to the UK’s politics, said that ‘Boris Johnson’ is a stain on British politics and not a matter for the judicial system. In most profession, individuals who lie or with all manner of consciousness cause harm would be “struck off” by the “regulator”. An accountant that advised her client to make bad investments could be disbarred for “professional misconduct”, equally surgeons. Why should MPs be treated differently?

The answer is, politics unlike other “professions”, is ultimately regulated by the electorate. The “authority to practice” comes from the voters, and there are risks in erecting a higher authority to adjudicate on political speech.

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