7 things we could see from a Boris Johnson Premiership

Boris Johnson on campaign

As rumours continue to swirl around a potential Boris Johnson leadership coup, what would we actually see with the former Mayor as Prime Minister?

Only weeks ago, Boris Johnson made his most obvious power play yet - outlining his own Brexit manifesto for the Telegraph and clashing with the rest of Theresa May’s cabinet. Despite his gaffes, and massive unpopularity in parts of the country - would a Boris premiership be so bad?

 

Boris Johnson Business Speech

Will we actually see a Boris Johnson presence in No.10 before the next election?

  1. Contrary to popular opinion, Boris actually represents one of the most liberal wings of the Conservative Party - and is more aligned to David Cameron than much of the Cabinet. He is both economically and socially liberal, and certainly more environmentally concerned than Theresa May - who has previously backed Diesel and supports damaging schemes such as HS2.

  2. Boris - for all his rhetoric on immigration during the Brexit vote - is certainly more pro free movement than May. He clashed with her during the 2017 election and argued for taking student numbers out of the immigration tally.

  3. We might actually get that £350million for the NHS. It’s a big call, and one that may prove controversial, but the fact that Boris reiterated his most outrageous Brexit claim in his ‘manifesto’ of sorts suggests he is serious about the much disputed pledge.

  4. What would the future of foreign trade look like? Boris was on a mission, as Foreign Secretary, to overcome red tape which barred the UK from sending aid to its overseas territories during Hurricane Irma. Whether this suggests a continuation of David Cameron’s policies, or simply bowing to political pressure, is yet to be shown.

  5. Boris has previously referred to the free market as ‘the only show in town.’ Considering this, it’s a surprise he hasn’t spoken out against some of Theresa May’s more interventionist policies, such as her energy pay cap, but that can perhaps be put down to his infamous, ruthless ambition. We can bet a Boris cabinet would promote policies that are anti-intervention and supportive of global trade.

  6. We could, however, see ‘not very much at all.’ Norman Tebbit has worried publicly that Boris doesn’t really have a plan for the UK should he actually end up becoming Prime Minister. Would we see a simple continuation of Theresa May’s policies, with a different, more bumbling face?

  7. One thing can be sure - a Boris premiership would be wildly divisive. For every one of his supporters, he has an enemy, and for every intelligent policy he’s supported, he’s wound up a foreign official. In politically shaky days, Boris as Prime Minister would be unlikely to bridge the gaps.

Boris Johnson in Croydon

The charismatic Johnson is wildly divisive across the political spectrum for how gaff-prone he can be.