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Prime Minister incoming - previewing a week in politics

Prime Minister incoming - previewing a week in politics

Britain’s next Prime Minister

Tuesday is the day we all know for sure who our next prime minister is going to be. Although since the balloting of Tory members began it seemed as though Boris Johnson was home and dry, the final result is still not known. Speaking to his campaign, they are coy about his chances; no complacency is being tolerated and every possible tactic to secure victory has been employed.

This will almost certainly lead to a comfortable victory for the former London Mayor and Foreign Secretary. The other candidate, Jeremy Hunt, gave an unusually charismatic performance at the London hustings, which saw many suggest there could be a late charge, but with voting all but closed by that point, we will almost certainly see Boris crowned on Tuesday – forming a government on Wednesday.

Iran

We told you last week that the situation around the Gulf would likely only escalate, and it has; we can expect that to worsen even further. Two weeks ago, Gibraltar seized an Iranian vessel heading to Syria, with Iran retaliating last week, taking the United Kingdom flagged ship.

This has prompted a measured response so far from the British government, with the final days of Theresa May’s government not wanting to get bogged down in controversial foreign affairs. However, this could change with a new government, with Boris Johnson wanting to assert Britain’s place in the world. A tougher – even more, American aligned – response could easily materialise, resulting in further tensions and edge us even closer to another conflict in the region.

Bob Mueller’s big show

The Democrats are pinning their hopes of bringing down President Trump on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s plan to testify in front of Congress on Wednesday. Following the report he produced earlier in the year – regarding the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia – the executive came under significant fire for fabricating the conclusions of the report.

This led to calls from across the United States for Mueller to testify in front of Congress and clarify many of the contested points of the report. Trump called the report a full exoneration, but Mueller suggested that crimes did indeed take place, but that it was not his place to prosecute the president. Democrats and Trump opponents will be hanging onto his every word – with his testimony likely to invigorate the Democratic party and, depending on his testimony will encourage many members to call once again for impeachment.

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