Connect with us

Politics

Boris Johnson to appoint his Brexit team

Published

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson will take office on Wednesday as British Prime Minister and will unveil the names of the team he has tasked with delivering Brexit by the end of October, with or without a deal.

Johnson enters Downing Street at one of the most perilous junctures in post-World War British history.

The United Kingdom is divided over Brexit and weakened by a three-year political crisis since the Brexit referendum.

His pledge to energise the country and deliver Brexit – do or die – on Oct. 31, sets the UK up for a showdown with the EU and thrusts it toward a potential constitutional crisis, or election, at home.

“Like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity,’’ Johnson, 55, said on Tuesday after he was elected by Conservative Party members.

“We are going to energise the country.

“We are going to get Brexit done on Oct. 31 and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of can do.’’

Wednesday will combine arcane British political choreography with the realpolitik of appointing a new government.

MORE READING!  JUST IN: Former APC VC Inuwa Abdulkadir is dead

Prime Minister Theresa May will leave Downing Street after a three-year premiership that was mired by crises over Brexit.

She will travel to Buckingham Palace to formally tender her resignation to Queen Elizabeth.

Johnson will then have an audience with the queen, who will request he form an administration.

His formal title will be “Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.’’

He will enter Downing Street in the afternoon and is expected to give a speech before appointing key members of the government – names that could give a hint of how he will handle Brexit, Britain’s most significant decision in decades.

“Boris will build a cabinet showcasing all the talents within the party that truly reflect modern Britain,’’ a source close to Johnson said.

Johnson has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU before October 31 but if the bloc refuses, he has promised to leave without a deal on Halloween.

MORE READING!  Benue Assembly suspends sitting due to rise in COVID-19 cases

That, many investors warn, would send shock waves through the world economy and tip the world’s fifth-largest economy into recession or even chaos.

Brexit without a divorce deal would roil financial markets and, some bankers warn, weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre.

Brexit supporters say those fears are overblown and the UK will thrive if cut loose from the European project, which they cast as a German-dominated bloc that is falling far behind its global competitors such as the U.S. and China.

“If he really wants a no-deal, he will get it.

“We will never push an EU member out but we can’t stop him, more likely, his own parliament would,’’ one EU diplomat said.

“Johnson has been such a chameleon, he has reinvented himself so many times that it is hard to know what to expect really,’’ the diplomat said.

Another diplomatic source had an ominous warning: “my scenario is purgatory.’’

MORE READING!  Lagos Assembly urges Sanwo-Olu to probe highway workers protests

PUNCH

Politics

Buhari set to sign revised 2020 budget on Friday – Presidency

Published

on

President, Major General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday sign the revised 2020 budget into law following its passage by the National Assembly last month.

This is according to a statement issued on Thursday evening by the Presidency in a tweet on its handle.

“President Buhari will tomorrow, Friday July 10, 2020, sign into law the revised 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly last month,” the presidency tweeted.

The Senate had on June 11th, passed the revised 2020 budget of N10,805,544,664,642, a day after the House of Representatives did the same.

MORE READING!  Ondo Deputy Gov has been served impeachment notice - Clerk

A breakdown of the figure shows that the sum of N2,488,789,433,344 is for capital expenditure and recurrent non-debt expenditure has N4,942,269,241,984.

The executive also allocated N422,775,979,362 for statutory transfer, while N2,951,710,000,000 was budgeted for debt service.

The passage of the revised figure, which is to be issued from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

MORE READING!  Britain pledges £1.5bn to save arts businesses

The Federal Government had in April, cut down the 2020 budget by over N320 billion and proposed a new budget of N10.27 trillion against the N10.59 trillion passed by the National Assembly.

Continue Reading

Politics

Lebanese ambassador walks out on Reps

Published

on

PHOTOS: Reps resume plenary

Drama played out at the venue of a meeting called by the House of Representatives on Thursday when the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab, staged a walk-out.

Diab, shortly after entering Conference Room 236, New Building, House Wing of the National Assembly complex, walked out on the Committee on Diaspora Affairs who he was to meet.

Also at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada; Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli; officials of the Federal Ministries of Justice and of Labour, Employment and Productivity as well as Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, among others.

MORE READING!  Late Ajimobi was a patriotic politician- Oyo NUJ

It was learnt that the ambassador was expecting a closed-door meeting with the lawmakers but met other government officials and journalists at the venue.

Miffed by what he saw, Diab walked out of the venue at around 10.50 am as the meeting was about to start in the open.

Chairman of the committee, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, had said she was shocked that the “ambassador will just get up and walk out on us”.

MORE READING!  Buhari mourns Ivorian PM, Amadou Coulibaly

While some lawmakers and officials followed the ambassador, the committee called for a closed-door session, sending journalists, security men and aides out of the venue.

Emerging from the meeting, Akande-Sadipe said:

“It was an informal meeting because the Ambassador was nice enough to join us at the meeting. There is no law that says he has to be here today but because he has an interest in the joint relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon.

“We have a lot of Nigerians in Lebanon and we have a lot of Lebanese in Nigeria. We have a relationship with Lebanon from the 50s…

“This meeting today has further reiterated that the Lebanese community and the Nigerian community always stand together to ensure that justice and respect for human lives is a priority, and we will work together to bring modern-day slavery to an end.”

The committee has been meeting with stakeholders on the harassment, intimidation and tracking of Nigerians in other countries, especially on the case of Temitope Arowolo in Lebanon.

MORE READING!  JUST IN: Ivory Coast Prime Minister is dead
Continue Reading

Politics

You can’t rig Edo gov election, PDP tells APC

Published

on

Five councilors in Zamfara

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the All Progressives Congress to prepare for imminent defeat in the September 19 Governorship Election in Edo State.

It also said the APC and its candidate, Osazie Ize-Iyamu, cannot rig the election while urging them to desist from fabricating reports in an attempt to arm-twist the Independent National Electoral Commission to manipulate the outcome of the elections.

This was contained in a statement titled, “You Can’t Rig Edo Election, PDP Mocks APC, Ize-Iyamu …Urges APC To Desist from Fabrications” and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, in Abuja, on Thursday.

MORE READING!  JUST IN: Ivory Coast Prime Minister is dead

The PDP alleged that the APC was plotting to

“Use fabrications in a section of the media to arm-twist the Independent National Electoral Commission, to manipulate the Edo state governorship election for their rejected candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.”

Its statement read in part:

“In sponsoring fake reports that PDP leaders were putting pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, on the Edo election, the APC has further exposed its hopelessness over their rejection by the Edo people and now seeks to blackmail the Commission.

“The APC, by now, should know that attempting to rig, by any way whatsoever, will surely be met with stiff resistance and dire consequences from the people.”

Ologbondiyan further said:

“Our party counsels the APC to blame nobody but themselves for having a discredited nomination process and being stuck with a blighted candidate, who has now become a symbol of a direct affront by corrupt political godfathers and cabal to the will, ability and liberty of the people of Edo state to choose their own leader.”

Continue Reading




Trending