Project Brexit

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The well-known and colourful former Mayor of London, Johnson’s appointment to the role of Foreign Secretary was something of a surprise appointment on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet. Johnson, one of the leading figures of the Leave camp in the EU referendum campaign, saw his leadership bid abruptly stopped following tensions with his Leave campaign compartriot Michael Gove. His appointment can be seen as a conciliatory move by Prime Minister Theresa May, who has given important Cabinet roles to prominent Eurosceptics within the Tory Party as a means of healing party rifts during the bruising referendum campaign. But equally, Johnson’s appointment in a post instrumental in the upcoming Brexit negotiations will make him ‘walk the walk,’ after his prominence in the Leave campaign.

An Eton and Oxford graduate (Balliol College) and veteran journalist (Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and others), Johnson is well known, although his experience in foreign affairs is limited. He has been criticised on numerous occasions for comments on foreign leaders that have been considered offensive.

Success in his new and high-profile, yet challenging post, could also re-enforce Johnson’s candidacy as a future Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.

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