Britain’s Boris Johnson Set For PM Job

Boris Johnson is set to win the race Tuesday to become Britain’s next prime minister and use his brand of optimism and bluster to try to break the three-year Brexit impasse.
        The former London mayor will immediately march into a head-on collision with the 27 EU leaders and his own parliament should he beat his underdog rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. His problems will be compounded by an oil tanker standoff in the Gulf with Iran. Passions are running high and Johnson who charms and alarms in equal measure will be accomplishing his life-long ambition of heading Britain at one of its most vulnerable times since World War II. Britons are still bitterly debating the consequences of their narrow 2016 vote to leave the European Union after 46 years of political and economic ties. Johnson has vowed to take Britain out by the twice-delayed October 31 deadline  with or without a deal do or die, come what may. But Brussels refuses to renegotiate the pact it struck with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May after 17 months of bruising talks. Her repeated failure to ram that deal through parliament forced her to tearfully announce her resignation as Conservative Party leader on June 7. That triggered a leadership contest in which fewer than 200,000 paying Conservative Party members took part. The winner will become prime minister on Wednesday and start appointing a new team after being formally appointed by the queen.

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