AFP: Britain's Johnson faces daunting problems from outset24 July 2019 | 06:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Britain's stalled departure from the European Union, which forced Johnson's predecessor Theresa May from power, is the most pressing problem confronting him on day one.
Furthermore, Johnson's Conservatives do not have an outright majority in parliament and rely on an arrangement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to pass legislation and remain in power. With opposition MPs gunning for the new leader and some europhile Tory lawmakers uneasy about his style, character and no-deal Brexit plans, attempts to unseat him through a vote of no confidence in his government could be on the horizon.
Johnson takes power as relations with Iran remain in a heightened state of tension amid a standoff between the two countries over the seizure of tankers. The flare-up comes amid rising hostilities between Iran and the United States, after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal aimed at limiting Tehran's nuclear programme and began reimposing sanctions.
Boris Johnson also takes charge with global growth forecast to slow and Britain's economy showing sluggish growth amid the continued Brexit uncertainty and the cloud of a potential no-deal departure from the EU. The government's official forecaster warned last week that the country would slide into a year-long recession should it leave the bloc without a comprehensive agreement.
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