How does Boris Johnson solve Brexit now?

The first and most important task facing the new prime minister is to get Britain out of the EU by 31 October – so what is the plan, and will it work?

John Rentoul
Tuesday 23 July 2019 14:20
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Boris Johnson says his first task if he becomes Prime Minister will be to launch a huge no deal ‘public information campaign’ to help minimise any possible disruption

Does Boris Johnson have a plan to get Britain out of the EU? If he does, it is likely to fail, which would mean that on 1 November we will still be in the EU and our new prime minister may well be announcing a general election – saying parliament has blocked him and he needs a new mandate to finish the job.

That seems the most likely outcome to me, but let us go through the Johnson government’s Brexit challenge step by step to test our assumptions and to see what other paths history might follow.

The first assumption is that Johnson will try to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, but that he won’t obtain significant changes. This isn’t because the EU side is inflexible, although it is, but because there is no easy solution to the problem of the Irish border.

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