KT edit: British PM race picks up pace, what about Brexit?

The British government is facing its deepest political crisis in years.

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Published: Tue 11 Jun 2019, 8:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 11 Jun 2019, 10:58 PM

The race for the top job in the UK has begun in earnest. Boris Johnson is the most popular of the 10 names shortlisted so far, and he is certainly the most divisive, too. Since Johnson was the face of the 'Leave' campaign, one would imagine he has better clarity on what to do and how to go about the process, unlike Theresa May, who belonged to the 'Remain' camp but ambitiously agreed to deliver Brexit for the country hoping to etch her name as a stalwart in Britain's history. Her inability to gather support and build consensus at home and abroad led to her exit. However, Johnson's strong-arm approach doesn't sound very promising. He is relying on the sheer force of personality to yield better results. Johnson is convinced that he can arm-twist Brussels into submission with hard negotiating skills. A better outcome, a better deal is what he is promising. But why Brussels would give more concessions to him when it did not do it for May remains to be seen.
The British government is facing its deepest political crisis in years. Lack of consensus among the leaders is taking a toll on the economy and is putting at stake the future of millions of people who call Britain their home. The Brexit deadline is just four months away, and the next 140 days or so are crucial. The new prime minister will be in the 10 Downing Street in July. By the time he or she settles into the job, it will be time for Europeans to head for a break in August. A new leadership will then join the European Parliament just a few weeks before the looming October 31 Brexit deadline. How much will be achieved in such a short time is moot. Ideas such as suspending parliament to allow a 'no deal' doesn't sound good, as Geoffrey Cox, a PM candidate, is suggesting. No matter who occupies 10 Downing Street, the success of this process will depend on the willingness of the Tories to have an honest debate on Brexit. Decisions made by the political leaders will have a sweeping impact on the lives of the millions of Britons and businesses for decades to come. They should be made with a lot of thought and responsibility.

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