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The challenges facing Boris Johnson

Freaks of nature aside, it is possible to see some of what’s in store for the prime minister’s second year in power, writes John Rentoul

Sunday 26 July 2020 19:27
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Johnson’s biggest headache could be the economy
Johnson’s biggest headache could be the economy

Looking back over Boris Johnson’s first year as prime minister ought to be a warning to anyone rash enough to predict what might happen in his second year – assuming he stays in the job that long.

His survival until now seemed in the balance when he kissed the Queen’s hand on 24 July last year: there seemed no way by which he could secure our departure from the EU; parliament wouldn’t grant him an election; and no one suspected that a bat virus might cross the species barrier in Wuhan.

Still, freaks of nature aside, it is possible to see what some of the unavoidable challenges of the next 12 months will be. Here are the three big ones.

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