Boris Johnson’s resignation will have less international impact, especially on relations between the UK and the EU, than his arrival as Prime Minister. He insists that he “gets Brexit”, The diplomat says.
Theoretically, his exit is Reset due to difficult bilateral relations Between the UK and the EU. However, most of Brussels believes that his successor will continue plans to unilaterally amend the post-Brexit trade agreement he signed.
“We are never jumping for joy,” EU officials said. “It doesn’t look like other candidates will change course dramatically with their attitude.”
Some diplomats questioned whether candidates for Conservative leadership dared to abandon policies that were popular with lawmakers who had to win support. “Even if Johnson is gone, it’s the same party with the same backbencher,” said one diplomat.
Most European capitals, especially Paris, have lost credibility to Johnson, even though Johnson claimed credibility in his resignation speech, “Resolving Relations with the Continent.”
He has agreed to a withdrawal agreement with the EU to sow discord. Johnson wanted Britain to freely deviate from EU regulations and sign trade agreements with other countries. in short, Keep Northern Ireland in the EU Single market for commodities while Britain left. By doing so, he avoided the Irish island trade border, but needed a trade border in the Irish Sea, which offended Northern Ireland members.
In June, the Johnson administration proposed a bill that would invalidate many of its arrangements.
Betrayal spoiled the atmosphere of Brussels. “We signed with the same people. We negotiated with these people and they signed the agreement. Now they are trying to get things back. [they] It was a pretty deal. “
Former French Commissioner Pascal Lamy told the Financial Times:Return to the boring John Major or Theresa May [former prime ministers] Stop the fireworks. There is no one like him in British politics. That way, you can focus on the tedious and highly technical task of agreeing on how to manage the border with Northern Ireland. “
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said: “We now have the opportunity to return to the true spirit of partnership and mutual respect.”
The thaw of the English-French relationship was like an illusion. On Wednesday, British officials were talking about plans for a formal bilateral summit between Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron-first since the meeting between Macron and Teresamei in January 2018.
However, the French were not so keen on the so-called “bromance”, which stated that Downing Street had developed between the two leaders at the recent G7 summit in Germany. “It’s impossible to continue this way,” a French official said this week.
Another major international issue in recent months-the war in Ukraine-Johnson’s announced departure lamented in Kieu. Ukraine saw Johnson as a stubborn supporter It is their resistance to the Russian invasion, hoping that he will be replaced by someone who is equally enthusiastic about sending weapons.
“There is no doubt that British support will be maintained, but your personal leadership and charisma made it special,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But in Moscow, Johnson’s exit was ridiculed as expected. “Boris Johnson was hit by a boomerang he launched himself,” said Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry. “The companion in his arm turned him back.”
Britain’s attitude towards Northern Ireland and its relationship with Johnson’s former president Donald Trump also undermined its relationship with Washington under Joe Biden.The State Department and many lawmakers repeatedly urged Johnson Negotiate the protocol.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the British government,” Biden said in a White House statement that did not mention Johnson’s name.
Additional reports by Valentina Pop, Victor Mallet, Jude Webber and Roman Olearchyk