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As the new PM enters No 10, EU leaders brace for an October crunch

Johnson will be given a fair hearing by the 27—but a substantial renegotiation is still unlikely

By Georgina Wright  

French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Yesterday, Conservative Party members elected Boris Johnson as their new leader, and Britain’s 55th prime minister. On Brexit, he has pledged a number of changes, including losing the Irish backstop. The EU is bracing itself for an October crunch point—what are the possible outcomes?

Johnson’s victory will have come as no surprise in Europe. EU leaders, from Emmanuel Macron to the new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, were quick to congratulate him.…

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