This week saw the appointment of the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Boris Johnson – just one more bit of evidence that we’re in the timeline where Biff still has the sports almanac. Whilst the rotation of personnel in the government has made a lot of noise, it hasn’t done much to alter reality. Theresa May has already proven that there is no parliamentary majority for her deal, which won’t be substantially different from any other, or No-Deal.
There is a hope that a more enthusiastic and charismatic PM might be able to win more support for whatever plan the new cabinet come up with, but with a working majority of three, a committed block of trouble makers and now a dozen former ministers that he’s just sacked, a can-do attitude is unlikely to be enough. The only chance to force through the sort of Brexit the hard leavers are after, is if the Conservatives can win back a majority in a general election, probably before the end of the year when Johnson finds himself in the same stalemate as his predecessor.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.