Before departing New York for London on Tuesday, ‘Incredible Hulk’ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson entertained delegates to the UN General Assembly in New York by comparing the mythical figure Prometheus to Brexit.
According to Greek myth, Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him to a mountain where his liver was picked out.
“His liver was picked out by an eagle.
“And every time his liver regrew, the eagle came back and picked it again. And this went on forever.
“A bit like the experience of Brexit in the UK, if some of our parliamentarians had their way,” the Eton-educated prime minister said in a rambling speech.
Johnson is expected to return to London for the resumption of parliament on Wednesday, where he faces a hostile reception and more calls to resign, following a ruling by Britain’s top court that he had suspended parliament unlawfully.
Johnson ignored immediate calls to resign following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday, saying he “strongly disagrees with this judgment.”
Johnson had said he wanted to suspend parliament until Oct. 14 to clear the way for a new government work programme in a new session of parliament.
Opponents accused him of seeking to limit scrutiny of his plans for Britain to leave the European Union (EU), with or without a deal, on Oct. 31.
The court ruled that Johnson’s advice to Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue, or suspend, parliament “was unlawful, void and has no effect.”
“This was not a normal prorogation. It prevented parliament from carrying out its normal role,” it said.
In a speech in New York on Monday, Johnson said the court ruling would not deter him “from getting on and delivering on the will of the people to come out of the EU on Oct. 31.”
Some analysts have speculated that Johnson could make a third call for a snap election on Wednesday, after parliament twice voted down his motions amid fears that he could choose an election date that minimizes parliamentary time before Oct. 31