Covid-19 and Brexit : Boris Johnson has just spent one year in power - Point

a year ago, Boris Johnson, age 56, became the new Prime minister of the United Kingdom. A busy year, between the Brexit and the epidemic of Covid-19, which itse

Covid-19 and Brexit : Boris Johnson has just spent one year in power - Point

a year ago, Boris Johnson, age 56, became the new Prime minister of the United Kingdom. A busy year, between the Brexit and the epidemic of Covid-19, which itself has been a victim. In July 2018, he had resigned from the government, Theresa May, in which he held the office of secretary of State for foreign Affairs, and was thus once again a backbencher. He wanted to mark his disagreement with the strategy of the First minister about the Brexit, of which he has been a strong supporter in the referendum of June 2016.

The ex-mayor of London to the eternal mop of blonde tousled was not slow to return to the centre of the game where Theresa May has been forced to resign, the Parliament has rejected several times the agreement from the EU that it had negotiated with Brussels. Boris Johnson then easily won the election to become head of the conservative Party and, hence, that of the country. He then made the risky gamble to call for early general elections to secure a majority lost by Theresa May in a previous election. Bet won the upper-hand, since it has got the largest majority in parliament since Margaret Thatcher, thus paving the way for the departure of the Uk from the EU on the 31st January.

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The Brexit and the critics

After 47 years of marriage, stormy, this separation was to mark a " moment of real national revival ", according to Boris Johnson. Yet, this "new departure," which was to manifest itself through investments galore in the public services and infrastructure, as promised during his campaign, was quickly bumped up to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Boris Johnson is then found itself under the fire of criticism for having been slow to introduce stringent measures, while most european countries had already closed their borders and confined their population. Some 45 000 deaths later, the United Kingdom holds the sad record of being the european country most affected by the virus.

" Boris Johnson and his team would do well to use wisely the period of respite [which promises to be this summer] to renew the government's approach ", reported on Thursday, an editorial scathing of the Times. Boris Johnson himself made the expenses of its lightness, contracting at the end of march a severe form of the Covid-19, which was sent to intensive care where he almost died. A few weeks after his release from the hospital, his fiancée Carrie Symonds gave birth to their first son, adding to the four children from his second marriage.

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in Spite of everything, "Boris" keeps supporters, who praise his ability to delegate, and its determination. According to a YouGov poll published on Thursday, 89 % of conservatives want it to remain at the head of the party. It is a character, " high in color, but with a strategic vision ", said the French president Emmanuel Macron. "Those who have not taken seriously went astray. "Enormous challenges are still waiting for Boris Johnson, while the impact of the pandemic on the uk economy will not reveal its true magnitude that within a few months.

experts have also warned of a potential second wave of contamination, which would put the center of the criticism the government's handling of the health crisis. The Prime minister is not rid of the issue of Brexit, that brought down his two predecessors, as the ongoing negotiations with Europe on their future relationship are far from being guaranteed to succeed at an agreement. It must also face a new challenger more leathery to the head of the Labour, the main opposition party, since the election in early April of Keir Starmer. The vague desire for independence of Scotland and the dissension within his own party, including his close adviser, Dominic Cummings, will continue to occupy it.

Finally, the growing popularity of his young minister of Finance Rishi Sunak could also end with him out of the shadows.

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Date Of Update: 24 July 2020, 05:33

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