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How Boris Johnson can pull off Brexit

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LONDON – It was U.S. President Harry Truman who is alleged to have said, “Bring me a one-handed economist.” He was just about fed up with endless economic and political analysts saying “on the one hand, but on the other hand,” etc.

Japanese visitors to Britain enquiring about Brexit must have the same feelings of exasperation, as every question about what happens next over Brexit is met with streams of “ifs” and “buts” and “maybes,” or just honest “don’t knows.”

So here for a change is a firm description of what will happen — no ifs, no buts.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government are about to pull off a remarkable victory. There will be no abrupt crash-out without a deal, as some fear and others demand. He is about to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union on Oct. 31, but with a firm withdrawal agreement, with an orderly transition period ahead, with the approval of a majority of the British House of Commons, with the way forward over the complex Irish situation resolved, with EU Commission acceptance, and with Johnson’s own party, the Conservative Party, surviving and on the path to unity again.

But wait a minute, surely that is impossible. Has not Johnson lost his parliamentary majority, with defections on all sides and with 21 of his own “troops” actually expelled for disobedience? Has he not been blocked by Parliament itself from taking the U.K. out of the EU and proceeding without any agreement or deal? Is he not being accused in the highest courts of law of limiting Parliament from creating even further obstacles? Have not the highest EU authorities repeatedly said that the........

© The Japan Times