Title Rivals vying to replace Boris Johnson as Britain's PM are diverse in background, not plans Media name/outlet The Straits Times Media type Web Country/Territory Malaysia Date 12/07/22 Description Dr Robert Ford, professor of political science at the University of Manchester, agreed that "there is a danger for some of these contenders of making promises to get through the first round that may come back to haunt them."
One striking aspect of the debate so far was the lack of discussion about Brexit, the issue that split the party and country for nearly six years. The candidates are, by and large, coalescing around Mr Johnson's plan to tear up a deal he made with the EU on trade rules for Northern Ireland. The move led Brussels to accuse Britain of violating international law and has sparked fears of a trade war.
Among the plan's loudest proponents is Ms Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, who is one of the major contenders for leader and sponsored the legislation in Parliament. Analysts said she did so in part to appeal to the party's right flank.
There is growing evidence that Brexit has imposed an extra burden on the British economy. But Britain's sharp split from the EU is now a matter of political orthodoxy. Expressing doubts about it, Dr Ford said, was "like making a case for atheism at St. Peter's".
URL https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/rivals-vying-to-replace-boris-johnson-as-britains-pm-are-diverse-in-background-not-in-plans Persons Robert Ford
- UK politics
- Conservative Party