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Boris Johnson at a Conservative Party leadership campaign event in London. Boris Johnson, the new leader of the British Conservative party, at a Conservative Party leadership campaign event in London, July 17, 2019 (AP photo by Frank Augstein).

Can Boris Johnson Survive Contact With Brexit Reality?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The long-running Tory leadership contest has finally come to an end, producing the result that everybody expected all along: Boris Johnson has become the new leader of the British Conservative Party and, by extension, the 77th prime minister of the United Kingdom and 55th person to hold the office.*

Johnson’s coronation is the culmination of a lifetime of inherited entitlement and personal ambition, a path to the premiership that began at Britain’s most elite private school and its most prestigious university, then passed via plum jobs in its right-wing press. Ever since he was elected mayor of London in 2008, there’s been a feeling of inevitability about today’s outcome. Johnson has essentially been a prime minister-in-waiting for over a decade. But he could hardly have assumed the role at a worse time, as he inherits a poisoned chalice where every major decision he must make could potentially sink his government. ...

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