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Britons wait to see what Johnson will deliver

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25.07.2019

Well, Britain has a new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, having beaten Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt 2:1 in the vote of the Conservative Party membership.

A decisive win, but as the party membership is not really representative of the UK voting public, being about 75 per cent male, and certainly nowhere near the same diversity, voter opinion of Johnson is at best 50:50, supporters vs detractors.

It will be of considerable concern for many that Johnson has the overt support of Donald Trump - indeed, perhaps not surprisingly, Trump was almost taking credit in his supportive comments.

It is no understatement to say that Boris is very hard to read, and therefore to attempt to predict how he will perform. He will be tested almost immediately on three major issues, Brexit, the UK economy, and Iran.

Although Johnson has promised to "unite the party" this seems most unlikely, especially as there is a significant "rump" in his party that will not accept a "hard Brexit". Given the continued refusal of the Europeans to renegotiate the deal they had reached with Theresa May, and given the intransigence of many........

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