Boris Johnson will be the new PM of the UK
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Former Mayor of London, former UK Foreign Minister, and now, future Prime Minister of Britain - Boris Johnson has arrived.
The brash and abrasive politician entered the race for the leadership of the Conservatives as a clear favourite, and in a highly anticipated result, made it through. From being a clear frontrunner to being the country’s next leader, Johnson relied on one clear message, as he told his audience during his victory speech on Tuesday: “Deliver Brexit, unite the country, and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.”
Johnson’s biggest platform throughout his campaign has been on Brexit, beginning with a promise to renegotiate Theresa May’s Brexit deal. That being said, there are two caveats to note here:
One, the EU has refused to renegotiate. Johnson’s ideas, although marketed as a new deal, are all points that the EU has already rejected.
Second, Johnson has underscored repeatedly, throughout the campaign, that whether or not negotiations happen, he intends on leaving the EU before October 31.
To understand his major campaign platform a little better, here's a quick history on Johnson’s role in the Brexit debacle:
- In 2013, David Cameron, the then PM of the UK, began a campaign for the next general election on the platform of a promised referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU. His party - the Conservative party - won, and he held the referendum in June 2016. Citizens voted either to Leave, or Remain in the EU.
- Despite the fact that this was David Cameron’s introduction to the public, Cameron publicly campaigned to Remain.
- In the run up to the referendum, Boris embraced the Leave campaign, and aligned himself as opposite to Cameron’s views.
- Boris Johnson came to be the face of the Vote Leave campaign.
- The people of Britain voted, in a 52 per cent to 48 per cent margin, to Leave the EU, and Brexit was officially set into motion.
- Subsequent to this, after Theresa May took on the mammoth task of handling Brexit negotiations, Johnson quit his job as foreign secretary in protest of how the PM was handling Brexit. You can see his resignation letter and May’s reply in full, here.
- Johnson called her deal with the EU a humiliation, and claimed that it would render the UK a vassal colony to the EU.
Ever since then, Johnson has been vocal in his criticism of the handling of Brexit, as well as in his push towards the Brexit he wants.
However, if he plans to proceed with a pull out by October 31, then his plan will need definite rehashing. It is a practical impossibility that the UK will be able to pull out before negotiations are cemented.