Nice family gift. This Friday, July 31, the new members of the House of Lords were announced. A list whose nomination officially returns to Queen Elizabeth II but where, in fact, Boris Johnson has a big role. And the British Prime Minister has decided to give a place of Lord in the upper house of the British Parliament to … his own brother Jo Johnson. A nomination which is debated in the United Kingdom.
Jo Johnson is well known to the British. A fervent pro-European activist, he had been part of his older brother’s government. But he had decided to leave this government in September 2019, citing “the national interest”. Main point of friction with his brother: Europe, and Boris Johnson’s management of Brexit deemed too radical by Jo Johnson. Beyond this basic disagreement, Jo Jonhson’s political career is almost as important as that of his brother. A member of the Conservative Party like Boris Johnson, and a former journalist, again like his brother, he served in the House of Commons, the other house of Parliament, from 2010 to 2019. He was also Minister of State under David Cameron then Theresa May.
Jo Jonhson: a cold and austere man, far from the blunders that made his brother famous
During the Brexit crisis, the many debates that agitated the British also crossed the Johson family. On the one hand, Boris Johnson has shown himself to be a fervent supporter of Brexit and wanted tough negotiations with the European Union. On the other hand, Jo Johnson has never hidden his pro-European values. He even called for a second referendum. This French-speaking graduate of a French business school also stands out with his character very different from that of his brother. Jo Johnson is often described as austere and cold even while Boris Johnson is renowned for his blunders.
Jo Johnson MP walks through the Members’ Lobby after listening to the Queen’s Speech at the State Op © © WPA rota / KCS PRESSE