(Reuters) – After the Conservative Party’s election victory last week, what is top of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s to-do list?
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured after delivering a statement at Downing Street after winning the general election, in London, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
‘GET BREXIT DONE’
Johnson’s immediate priority is to “get Brexit done”.
That means securing ratification of the divorce deal he reached with the European Union in October. The legislative process in the new parliament will start on Friday so that the United Kingdom can leave on Jan. 31 at 2300 GMT.
Once Britain leaves the EU, Johnson will begin talks with the EU and the United States on free-trade agreements.
Johnson wants a free-trade deal with Washington before the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election and has set a deadline of the end of 2020 to agree a trade deal with the EU, the United Kingdom’s biggest trading partner.
NEW BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR
He needs a new boss for the Bank of England.
Mark Carney, who has been in charge of monetary policy and banking regulation for the last six years, steps down at the end of January.
Among the possible contenders are former deputy governors Minouche Shafik and Andrew Bailey, former U.S. Federal Reserve official Kevin Warsh and former Indian central banker Raghuram Rajan.
The central bank job is one of the most important for the world’s fifth largest economy and for the financial capital, London.
Johnson, who now has a large majority, has said he will spend more money on the state-run National Health Service, education and the police while lowering taxes. Whether his policies,