Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit plan for Britain remains a mystery

Now that the country is not constrained by most EU rules, he has a generational political opportunity to reshape the UK and redefine its post-EU direction. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Brexit was charged by its longtime supporters as a means of pushing Brussels’ red tape to create a low-tax, independent “Singapore-on-Thames” and unleashing a new movement in Britain – created by former British Treasury chief Philip Hammond – to sell its products and services worldwide.

The future of the post-EU UK

But Mr. A free market on the axis of Johnson Margaret Thatcher is not Conservative. Mr. For Johnson and many Brexit supporters, leaving the EU is more about regaining and consolidating legislative powers with elected representatives in Britain than pursuing specific policy goals. With ambitious plans to raise the minimum wage and control greenhouse gas emissions, he has so far promised the UK more control, not less. He has cut high government spending to “equalize” the economy, which he claims is based in London and the south of England.

Such policies helped him win last year’s election against the traditionally ruling Conservatives, while the pursuit of Brexit alienated many of his party’s traditional allies in corporate boardrooms. All of these tensions present a riddle: Mr. If Johnson did not want another Thatcher-style economic revolution, what would he want to do with Britain’s independence from Brussels?

His first task is to deal with what could prove another difficult year. The UK’s largest export market is hampered by new trade arrangements with risks Economic recovery from the epidemic.

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The 2019 election pledge to revive left-wing regions now seems tricky, as the virus has blown a hole in UK public funds.

The epidemic is not over: the country is heading towards the new year The new variant of the corona virus is loose And infections that cause an unavoidable future number of deaths. Even with A vaccination program along the way, It will take a few months for Govt-19 to be in control enough to deregulate the economy, and opposition to it may continue from within his own party’s blocking factions. Meanwhile, Scottish nationalists are interested Another shot of freedom.

Despite being Brexit, Mr. Political observers say Johnson’s long-term view of England is unclear. “He had the opportunity to express some kind of grand project, but I don’t think he has one, I don’t think he needs one,” said Simon Usherwood, a political professor at the University of Surrey.

An agreement between Britain and the European Union came on Thursday, just days before the end of the year, giving Britain significant freedom to sign free trade agreements with other countries outside of EU rules. Photo: Paul Grover / Pool

Mr. Fears that Johnson would seek to create a low-tax, low-regulatory economy led the camp’s tough stance on the Brexit talks. The UK would become a low-cost competitor on the EU’s doorstep, able to cut European companies because its standards were low. The EU’s response is to build a trade agreement under which if the UK abandons its standards — by changing the law that allows factories to further pollute — it will lose free access to the alliance.

Mr. Johnson sought to negotiate an increase in British independence from the Coalition. But in key areas of policy, his plans reflect or enhance rather than underestimate the EU’s plans.

His Big election victory in 2019 It was a statement that promised to raise the minimum wage and reduce corporate taxation. In its policy statements covering climate and climate change, the UK has set ambitious goals beyond the obligations set by the European Union. Meanwhile, the Bank of England has said it will not ease capital requirements and other terms in banks.

Mr. who was the leading public face of the Brexit movement. Johnson praised Britain’s exit from the EU Restoring sovereignty. In his speeches, he trumpeted traditional conservative priorities such as lower taxes and deregulation, stricter police and stricter immigration rules.

But he has traditionally spoken out in favor of left-wing central goals, namely stylized investment in infrastructure and government support for industry, greater protection from foreign acquisitions, and a break from the traditional Conservatives-winning free market tradition. Since Mrs. Thatcher was Prime Minister. He supports strict environmental regulations and prohibits the slaughter of live animals.

It is not clear whether any difficulty of political thought will dominate the rest of his tenure.

“Our plan to rebuild this country will certainly not perish,” he said. Johnson said at this year’s Conservative Party conference that he would invest more in health care, policing and education. But in the same speech he warned that “Uncle Sugar” could not function forever.

Mixed political news blurred his vision of how post-Brexit Britain would differ from the EU. The Departed in November by Dominic Cummings, Mr. Johnson’s top adviser, one of the masterminds behind the Brexit vote, adds to the uncertainty.

Mr. Among Johnson’s entourage, Mr. Cummings presented a very comprehensive view of post-Brexit Britain. He wrote extensively on how Britain could best manage issues such as climate change, immigration change, urbanization and the use of large technology, without the constraints of EU regulation.

This vision foreshadowed a new state that could quickly intervene in regulatory changes, thus improving investment and innovation. He argued that Britain would sustain economic competitiveness by becoming a leading hub for scientific research and sophisticated industries such as artificial intelligence and green technology.

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Brexit aside, Mr. Johnson’s signature election pledge is to revive taxpayers’ financing investment in schools, hospitals and infrastructure in the UK’s former industrial regions. Mr. Rishi Sunak, Johnson’s head of treasury, won “Freeboards”, low-tax production zones, where skeptics say they encourage tax evasion, setting up factories for multinationals to create new jobs.

Internationally, the outlook for post-Brexit Britain is well defined. Mr. Johnson talks about Britain’s fight for free trade, human rights and climate change, highlights London’s aspirations to act as a global determinant, and has stabbed more than its weight in forums such as Seven and the United Nations. It already exists Increased military spending For example, officials say it will use its financial influence to create sanctions to punish human rights abuses.

Brexit’s central goal is to award ink trade agreements to the UK independently of the EU. Officials argue that outside the EU the UK could negotiate agreements in line with Britain’s service-centric economy.

So far, New England agreements with countries such as Japan and Mexico have largely reflected what already exists with the EU. A key destination is the United States

When the Prime Minister was one of the first European leaders, Mr. Johnson’s office was relieved To receive an invitation from President-elect Joe Biden, After he had spent many years

Donald Trump. But the president-elect has stressed domestic priorities and signaled that there is no urgency to award a trade deal to anyone.

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