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Which Johnson will it be? Conservatives look beyond Brexit after landslide win

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE FRANCE 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
47 min

For the second time in as many months, UK lawmakers got the knock on the door. The world's longest-running democracy availing itself once again of the pomp of a Queen's speech. The last time, it read like a campaign platform. Now that he's been elected in a landslide win, the prime minister wrote for Elizabeth a manifesto for governing.

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We ask our panel which Boris Johnson it will be for the next five years. The one-nation Conservative who has promised more funds for hospitals, police and other civil servants, the standard-bearer of a party founded in 1834 who also promised lower taxes? Or the nationalist who campaigned on the promise of getting Brexit done?

Does the outcome spell continuity for Conservatives who have now been in power for nearly a decade? Or a break, with a more working-class appeal that has broken Labour's so-called red wall in the north and shifted the Tories' balance of power away from the home counties of the southeast?

As Jeremy Corbyn prepares his exit, Labour will ponder how to win back those seats. Meanwhile, north of the English border, the Scottish First Minister has plans of her own. Nicola Sturgeon is reiterating her call for a second independence referendum. Could Johnson's win eventually signal the breakup of the UK as we know it?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Jimena Morales-Velasco. 

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