UK needs an India reconnect under new PM Boris Johnson

anity, thy name is Boris Johnson. A man who, even as a child, wanted to be world king and had been dreaming of the prime minister's office for years finally entered 10 Downing Street last week, adding another turn to the seemingly never-ending saga of Brexit. 

 

 

The process of extricating the United Kingdom from the European Union has already taken a significant toll, with two prime ministers gone and the British domestic polity in disarray. Yet, there is no easy resolution in sight. Only the cast has changed, with Johnson in charge, while the theatre of the absurd will continue much like before. 

 

Johnson was elected the new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members wherein he defeated his nearest rival, former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, relatively easily. In his victory speech, Johnson, in his trademark style, promised rather grandiosely that he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn". As if to underscore his Brexit credentials even more, he asserted that We are going to get Brexit done on October 31 and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity. 

 

In his first address to the House of Commons, Johnson promised a new approach to Brexit and a golden age for the UK, arguing that the route to a new Brexit deal would be to persuade the EU to abolish the Irish border backstop plan in the current agreement. Though he underlined that EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights protected, there is no clarity on how this can reconcile with his broader position on Brexit. In response to these claims, the EU reiterated its longstanding  position that the current withdrawal deal is the only agreement possible with the UK and that while it was open to examining ideas put forward by the UK, they need to be compatible with the existing withdrawal deal.