Boris Johnson’s departure would mark end of revolutionary phase of Brexit

London Letter: Conservative MPs’ thoughts turning to PM’s potential successors

Boris Johnson’s departure would be a red letter day in recent British history because it would mark the end of the revolutionary phase of Brexit. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s departure would be a red letter day in recent British history because it would mark the end of the revolutionary phase of Brexit. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Amidst the bubble and hiss of plotting, counterplotting, smears and blackmail at Westminster, MPs’ thoughts are beginning to turn to life after Boris Johnson. The prime minister’s fate is not settled and he could yet survive Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street parties next week and any confidence vote that might follow.

If he goes, much will remain unchanged because the Conservatives will still be in government, committed to Johnson’s 2019 manifesto and with many of the same ministers around the cabinet table. Britain will remain outside the European Union and its position on the Northern Ireland protocol is unlikely to change significantly.

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