Boris Johnson has entered his second full week in office as British prime minister, battling repercussions from his first foreign trip as well as seeing his majority minimised to just one vote after last week’s by-election loss, but he is pressing on in his pursuit to push through Brexit by October 31st, making a no-deal scenario increasingly likely.
It seemed like the right time for 7Dnews to ask the public how they feel, at the moment, about Boris Johnson as new prime minister of the UK, the still overarching issue of Brexit and the future of British politics in general.
Carl, who is from the north of England, told us, “The European Union made it quite clear that the deal that was made with Theresa May … was the deal.” Carl was certain, that Brexit “will definitely happen”.
A sentiment which was echoed in the press the day before, when The Guardian reported that EU diplomats now feel the UK has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is Johnson’s “central scenario”.
An outcome, which Carl believes will be “disastrous” for Britain. And he was not alone, when 7Dnews spoke to people in Westminster’s government area in central London on Tuesday, August 6th.
British national Anne said she was “distraught” by the current state of the country and fearful of the future. “It’s going to take us decades to recover,” she predicted.
“I think it’s a very bad idea,” agreed 15-year-old Mikaela from Denmark, and told us that Brexit is being discussed in her school.
Being out in Parliament Square around noon, you see a lot of tourists mixing with professionals on their lunch breaks. And even though they are not native to the UK, Boris Johnson is a name everybody knows.
“I’m not a huge fan,” said Ida, who is from Sweden and visiting London at the moment. “I don’t think Boris has been honest,” she said and added that she would prefer politicians to be more professional. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
Several visitors from other European countries pointed out similarly, that it is mostly the bigger image of Boris Johnson that makes it across to their televisions, rather than finer intricacies of current British politics.
“Usually his comedy side comes out mostly,” Pooriya said and recounted a story he had heard about Johnson ruffling his hair before interviews. However, he added: “We want England to stay in the EU.”