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Boris and Brexit

His election amplifies the confusion

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Boris Johnson | Brexit

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The only certainty about Boris Johnson’s election as British Prime Minister is that trade and business can expect more uncertainty as far as the process to leave the European Union (EU) is concerned. Mr Johnson has revelled in his maverick image in various public positions he has held, from mayor of London to foreign secretary. But as he takes charge at Downing Street on Wednesday, he may find himself up against challenges of far greater consequence than a dodgy project award or an argument with Italians over Prosecco sales. Unlike the embattled Theresa May, Mr Johnson has showed his hand. He campaigned hard for “Leave”. He wants a “hard Brexit” (meaning the UK would leave the EU, single market and customs union) and, failing that, crashing out with “no-deal”. The stances may be clear, but the implications of these positions on business are not.

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First Published: Tue, July 23 2019. 23:53 IST

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