Brexit: Boris Johnson's position 'noticeably weaker' says Habib
Boris Johnson and his Brexit negotiators still haven’t reached a final Brexit deal with Ursula Von Der Leyen, despite weeks of extensive talks. With the final exit deadline on January 1, Mr Johnson’s administration is drawing the negotiations down to the line, allegedly now snagged on the issue of fisheries once more. The process has dominated much of his first publicly elected term in Westminster, and he has made a series of claims about how failing to gain a deal would be a “failure of statecraft”.
Will Boris Johnson quit after Brexit?
Boris Johnson was one of Brexit’s greatest cheerleaders, having debuted as a key Leave.EU cheerleader and champion of no-deal.
The Prime Minister negotiated his status in the prominent campaign to curry favour and negotiate his current position, and then deliver a Conservative majority on the back of an “oven-ready” deal in 2019.
But with Brexit finally due on January 1, people may question where Mr Johnson plans to go next, and whether Brexit’s most staunch defender can carry on without it.
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People have speculated the Prime Minister could step down after a deal since he won the election last year.
But experts remain unsure as to whether they have any legs when looking over his political career.
Professor Alex de Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, said his past roles show he can commit if necessary.
He said: “He was Mayor of London for eight years so has demonstrated some staying power.”
But the Professor added Brexit could serve as an opportunity to “bow out”.
He added: “I could see arguments that point both ways.
“He might wait until securing some purported grand trade deal and then bow out.”
Recent reports have suggested Mr Johnson is unhappy in his role, having had to take a pay cut to serve as PM.
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His current salary of £150,000, more than five times the national average, is allegedly not enough for him.
MPs told the Sunday Mirror he is privately complaining about his pay-cheque and may choose not to stay on for his entire term.
They said he would look to deliver on Brexit and see the UK out of the pandemic before stepping down.
One MP told the publication: “Boris has at least six children, some young enough to need financial help.”
“And he had to pay ex-wife Marina Wheeler a shedload as part of their divorce deal.”
The Mirror added the Prime Minister is allegedly jealous of ex-PM Theresa May, who has earned a six-figure salary since stepping down.
Mr Johnson also once earned a hefty sum, with £23,000 a month as a columnist, and once made £160,000 in one month from two speeches.
He also once claimed a salary of £250,000 was “chicken feed” in a television interview.
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