Analyzing challenges and approaches of Boris Johnson + Video
The 18th episode of The Fact series have analyzed challenges and approaches ahead of Boris Johnson, the new UK prime minister in the presence of activists from Indonesia and Lebanon.
MWFpress - The 18th episode of The Fact series have analyzed challenges and approaches ahead of Boris Johnson, the new UK prime minister in the presence of activists from Indonesia and Lebanon.
Guests: Barry Grossman Political Analyst and Activist Indonesia
Ali Musawi Press TV Correspondent and Analyst Lebanon
Questions asked at the conference: 1- why did Theresa May resigned from her position? 2- was Boris Johnson the best option and if not , why was he chosen? 3- how will be Johnson's approach toward brexit? 4-Johnson has called himself a pure Zionist. How much this approach can affect Britain's foreign policy? 5- how will be the relations between Iran and Britain after Johnson? 6- do you think Johnson will follow Trump's policy?
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Barry Grossman Political Analyst and Activist Indonesia
Why did Theresa May resigned from her position?
I take the view that it was surprising that she didn't resign a whole lot earlier. In fact, there were countless rebellions against her in the party. Probably the most appropriate thing to say is that in addition to making a mess of a whole lot of different issues, she was unable to do her job which was namely to negotiate a brexit deal and get brexit across the line. What was quite clear was that she was entirely unable to advance the issue any further than she had. I would suggest she was probably pushed out.
How will be Johnson's approach toward brexit?
I think it's quite clear that he's hell-bent on getting a no deal brexit. The EU has made it clear. They've also made it clear they're not going to renegotiate and Boris for his part has made it very clear that and the people who are backing him that they will not accept a backstop that they expect to renegotiate and that they're not going to budge on that and that they're more than willing to take a no deal brexit which of course will be catastrophic for the people of the UK and for the UK economy.
Do you think Johnson will follow Trump's policy? How will be the relations between Iran and Britain after Johnson?
I think things will deteriorate even further in terms of Iran-UK relations and they already have. I mean there were some noises coming out of the UK although I never took them to be anything more than disingenuous opposing Trump's decision to basically scrap the JCPOA; but what I would say is this, let's not forget that even though Donald Trump compares Boris Johnson to himself and refers to him as sort of the UK Donald Trump and a clever guy, Boris Johnson is not anywhere near in the same league as Donald Trump. In fact, if there was an equivalent to Boris Johnson in the United States it would have to be someone a sort of version of John Bolton with a sense of humor I guess. Boris Johnson my impression of him is that he's not really an ideologue so he can call himself a Zionist. I don't really think that means anything in his case. what I would say is that he's one of those guys who clearly embraces a sort of neoliberal economic outlook while being very neo conservative in terms of his foreign policy outlook and that's very dangerous because I think whatever we might say about Donald Trump it's worth observing that he hasn't led the United States into any new Wars as he comes to the end of his first term. I don't think Boris Johnson is like that. I think Boris Johnson can be managed very easily, can be told what to do is predictable and can quite easily be baited into making the decisions that would have to be taken to see the UK get into a military conflict in the Gulf. I think he's there basically to hold the fort in order to get brexit across the line.
Ali Musawi Press TV Correspondent and Analyst Lebanon
Was Boris Johnson the best option and if not, why was he chosen?
Having Boris Johnson, having Britain in the Middle East is never positive ever since they actually got into the Middle East. So it doesn't make a difference which Prime Minister is ruling Britain because they have always created a mess in this region. Boris Johnson has been a chaos wherever he went during the brexit. He blatantly lied to the public about what brexit would mean to the people of Britain. Now he said he has the power to make these changes; how they will be done it's unclear.
Johnson has called himself a pure Zionist. How much this approach can affect Britain's foreign policy?
Regardless whether the Prime Minister of Britain is a Zionist or not or pure Zionist as Boris Johnson mentioned before Britain's policy has always been pro Zionism. They led the Zionist movement in the Middle East. Britain like it has been doing for the past few decades is be the lapdog of the United States and do whatever Israel wants. That's what we have seen in the past and that's what we'll continue regardless of who the prime minister is.
Do you think Johnson will follow Trump's policy?
Trump as I mentioned is a conservative president while Boris Johnson has shown to have very extreme conservative ideas so in terms of the character they might look the same. But that’s where the similarities end. In terms of Johnson following Trumps harm powers in the middle east that's a given. Ever since the world war two, Britain has been following the United States in every action in the Middle East so it's going to be whether it's the Labor Party leadership in Premiership or whether it is a conservative it's kind of the same. Britain will follow America in this region. That’s what we have seen in the past and it's unlikely to change during Boris Johnson's tenure or any future prime minister. Britain wants to stay relevant as a power reminiscent of its colonial past but that's not the case for Britain anymore. So it has to have to follow a powerful nation in that sort of the United States in order to stay relevant in this region.
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