LONDON — Britain will find out who its new prime minister is on Monday, around 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. in New York) when the Conservative Party announces the winner of a hard-fought race to replace Boris Johnson. Liz Truss, who is the foreign secretary, is still a big favorite over Rishi Sunak, who was the chancellor of the Exchequer before.
U.K New Prime Minister
The announcement will end a long, sometimes nasty battle for leadership that took place as an economic storm was building. Many Britons worry that their country is going in the wrong direction because neither of the two candidates can solve the many problems that are coming its way.
The next person in Downing Street will have to deal with high inflation, the possibility of a deep recession, labor unrest, rising energy costs, and possible fuel shortages. Analysts say that no matter who wins, the next government will have a hard time. They think that the new government will be under a lot of pressure to make big changes in the economy to protect vulnerable families from sudden changes in energy prices.
The winner will take over as party leader right away and become prime minister on Tuesday, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she spends her summers. On Tuesday afternoon, the new prime minister will speak at Downing Street. He or she will then name a new cabinet and get to work.
New leader Liz Truss
In addition to taking care of the economy, the new leader will have to bring together the Conservative Party, which was split during Mr. Johnson’s three years in office. After a series of scandals, conservative lawmakers like Mr. Sunak forced him out of power. However, he is still popular with the party’s base, and some experts think he could make it harder for his successor to do his job by giving his opinion from the sidelines. Many members regret his departure.
Since Mr. Johnson announced in July that he would step down, the Conservative Party has lost a lot of support. This is because of the constant scandals and the idea that the government is not doing its job. Some polls show that the Labour Party is now further ahead of the Tories than it has been in almost a decade.
Deal with a Global Environment
The new leader will also have to deal with a global environment that could be dangerous. No matter who wins, Mr. Johnson’s policy of strong support for Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is expected to continue in Britain. Ms. Truss has been very critical of how aggressive Russia has been. People would expect her to go to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, soon after she takes office.
Both Ms. Truss and Mr. Sunak have promised to pass laws that would change the way trade works in Northern Ireland. The bill has been criticized by the European Union, which says it breaks a treaty between London and Brussels. Analysts say that if the dispute isn’t solved, it could turn into a trade war.
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