Boris Johnson's Brexit Showdown
Trump's friendship will help Johnson once Brexit is finalized, but he cannot appear cozy with or beholden to the U.S. president.
The new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was voted in by a fraction of the Conservative Party, largely on his promise to finalize Brexit—the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union—by the Oct. 31 deadline. He has characterized his stance toward Brexit as “Do or Die.”
Johnson enters office without a popular mandate and with robust opposition among Conservatives who favor remaining in the union or pursuing a more moderate Brexit. He began his tenure by selecting a cabinet of primarily Brexit hardliners, setting the stage for combat with the union. He demanded that the European bloc reopen negotiations surrounding former British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, with a special focus on the matter of the Irish border
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