Sep
08
Boris Johnson’s brother resigns from Parliament amid Brexit tensions


AND HAM FOR YEARS. ON “THE DAILY BRIEFING.”>>Harris: HERE ARE SOME BREXIT. BRITISH PREMENSTRUAL BORIS JOHNSON’S BROTHER HAS RESIGNED FROM PARLIAMENT. IT HAPPENED JUST ONE DAY AFTER LAWMAKERS REJECTED THE LEADER’S BID TO HOLD A SNAP AMY KELLOGG IS REPORTING FOR US FROM LONDON. AMY?>>HI, HERE IS. A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK UP THIS MORNING STILL REELING FROM ALL THE CHAOS AND MUDSLINGING OF THE LAST 48 HOURS, WONDERING WHO IS GOING TO COME OUT ON TOP, WHO WILL GET THE LAST LAUGH, AND FRANKLY, HOW MUCH LONGER BRITS WILL ENDURE ALL THIS UNCERTAINTY. THEN, AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE WAS ANOTHER BIT OF DRAMA THIS MORNING WHEN BORIS JOHNSON’S BROTHER, JOE, RESIGNED FROM HIS JOB AS AN MP AND A MINISTER IN JOHNSON’S GOVERNMENT. JOE JOHNSON TWEETED, “IN RECENT WEEKS I’VE BEEN TORN BETWEEN FAMILY LOYALTY AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST. IT IS AN UNRESOLVABLE TENSION.” THOUGH JOHNSON’S CALL FOR A GENERAL ELECTION IN OCTOBER GOT SHOT DOWN YESTERDAY, HE MADE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING SHE WOULD LOOK LIKE A CAMPAIGN STOP TODAY. THE SUBJECT, FIGHTING CRIME AND BETTER POLICING. BASICALLY, IF YOUR OWN BROTHER DOESN’T EVEN HAVE FAITH IN YOU, WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC? HE ADMITTED THAT BREXIT DIVIDES FAMILIES. THERE WAS PROBABLY SOME RELIEF THOUGH, IN THE VISIT BORIS JOHNSON AT TODAY FROM VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, WHO REITERATED THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT FOR BREXIT. HE CARRIED A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT THE U.S. IS READY TO IMMEDIATELY NEGOTIATE A PER FREE-TRADE DEAL WITH WITH THE U.K.>>WE WILL DRIVE THAT FREE TRADE AGREEMENT FORWARD, OF COURSE. THE U.S. ECONOMY IS A WONDERFUL, MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY. IS IT STILL THE CASE, THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, DON’T EAT ANY BRITISH LAMB OR BEEF. I GUESS. FROM SCOTLAND.>>FOR THE UNINITIATED, HAGGIS IS MADE FROM SHEEP OFFAL. THE MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS AT HAND TODAY, IT’S FAR FROM RESOLVE, WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE COMING MONTHS, I WOULD SAY. AND THEN WITH BREXIT. BUT FOR MR. JOHNSON HAS SAID THAT HE WANTS TO PUT ANOTHER VOTE FROM THE HOUSE ON MONDAY ASKING YET AGAIN IF HE CAN GO AHEAD AND HOLD A GENERAL ELECTION NEXT MONTH BECAUSE HE FEELS HE CAN’T GO ON THE SWING WITH HIS HANDS TIED BY THE PARLIAMENT AS THEY ARE NOW IN THIS APPROACH TO BREXIT. HARRIS?>>Harris: EVEN THE PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT HIM YESTERDAY