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Post-Brexit, Boris Johnson's popularity depends on a successful vaccine rollout

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The official departure of the UK from the EU marks a new chapter for the Government – one in which Boris Johnson has an opportunity to get his premiership back on track. The hope in Downing Street is that the Brexit deal will be the first of several pieces of good news that will see both the country and Johnson’s fortunes transformed.

A taste of this could be found in Johnson’s new year address where he pointed to two reasons for optimism: 1. A Brexit deal that means the UK is “free to do things differently” 2. The arrival of vaccines to bring the pandemic to an end.

With the vaccine rollout only in its early stages, for now it’s the Brexit news boosting Johnson’s standing. The deal sailed through the House of Commons this week, with a majority of over 448 – a far cry from the knife-edge meaningful votes under Theresa May.

Not a single Tory MP voted against it – with the party’s Brexiteers queuing up to heap compliments on their leader. That show of Conservative unity is part of the reason Johnson would like to keep Brexit as a political issue at the next election. This was evident when Johnson told Keir Starmer: “We got Brexit done, let’s keep Brexit done.”
Yet for all the public talk of Brexit........

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