New UK PM Boris Johnson faces towering Brexit and Iran tanker issues

Boris Johnson, 55, takes over as Britain’s new prime minister after roundly beating Jeremy Hunt in the Tory party vote to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. Twice mayor of London and former foreign secretary, Johnson was a cheerleader for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Parliament’s opposition to her Brexit deal was May’s Waterloo.  Although he is often described as unpredictable, some political commentators liken his entry to 10 Downing Street to Winston Churchill’s takeover of the premiership in WWII.

On his tray are dangerously uncertain issues: Brexit and the tanker standoff with Iran. In his campaign for election, Johnson pledged to try and renegotiate favorable terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union, but if diplomacy failed, the UK would quit without a deal on October 31, a deadline which Brussels refuses to extend. Without a deal, the “divorce” process would, overnight, leave Britain divested of the single market and customs union trade arrangements in unknown waters.

The incoming UK PM starts out with one of the most destabilizing economic crises in Britain’s history. Many MPs, including some Conservatives, have said they will do all they can to stop no deal if the next PM tries to take that route.

In his victory speech, Johnson voiced confidence in his ability along with the team he chooses to overcome all these difficulties and go on to beat Labor led by Jeremy Corbyn in the coming election. For the first time in a decade, Labor has a chance of winning power in view of the disarray in the ruling Conservative Party.
Iran’s capture of the British-flagged Stena Impero on July 19 in reprisal for the British Marines seizure of the Iranian Grace 1 supertanker heading for Syria creates a dangerous standoff between Tehran and London. Calls for a European maritime force by Foreign Secretary Hunt had only lukewarm support from . Efforts will be stepped up to protect British merchant shipping in the Gulf, perhaps belatedly, but without the US in the lead the UK can’t handle the issue of Gulf maritime security on its own. Johnson enjoys an advantage in Washington in the personal praise lavished on him by President Donald Trump.

The new UK PM has shown friendship for and paid visits to Israel. As mayor of London he opposed the BDS campaign.

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39 thoughts on “New UK PM Boris Johnson faces towering Brexit and Iran tanker issues

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 15:46 at 15:46
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    It is good for the UK to have elected a leader that supports Israel. Those who bless Israel will be blessed.
    It is good for the UK to have elected a leader that can work with President Trump. The UK can benefit immensely with US support.
    Both nations working together and in support of Israel can surmount many obstacles, especially Iran.
    Peace.

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:04 at 19:04
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      Liar. ‘Israel’ is an idolatrous national image. The image of a man. Nations are vanity. The hand that built the Zionist golden calf crucified the prince of peace. HaShem will put an end to it by the appearance of his coming. Isaiah 28, Lupo.

      • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:23 at 19:23
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        Dear ignoramus, the Bible itself (Exodus 19:6) commands the people of Israel to build a sanctified “nation”.

        • Jul 23, 2019 @ 21:12 at 21:12
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          Pervert, conditional covenant for peoples. Shemot 19:5 And now, if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth. [Yeshaya 66:1-9} a kingdom of Princes. eros – Theos. Now die out.

        • Jul 24, 2019 @ 1:40 at 1:40
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          Not eros, obviously, but as Pindar says, heroes theos; first a chthonic hero, and then as a god, rising, Like Yitzak of the binding, returning as the King messiah. King of kings, Of princes. Of people. A priest in the order of Melchizedek. Dear ignoramus.

      • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:31 at 19:31
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        I don’t know what your world view is but it’s opposed to Scripture.

        • Jul 23, 2019 @ 21:32 at 21:32
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          Rubbish, they crucified the son of the Most High, the prince of the countenance. His worldview was also wrong., but the people followed him. That’s scripture.

          • Jul 29, 2019 @ 0:17 at 0:17
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            You are a Satan worshiper, that is obvious to all.

      • Jul 25, 2019 @ 7:57 at 7:57
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        You are cursed by your Creator- you are a soulless pile of human waste, a hater of God & His Firstborn Nation Israel, believer in JC- a false messiah who was rightly executed by the Romans.
        Your wretched life is worthless.

        • Jul 28, 2019 @ 14:32 at 14:32
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          So the new testament in NOT part of the Scripture? Good thing most Jews look back with shame on what they did to Jesus, without the Christian believers support from the US the Zionist nation would not have been formed or survived the opposition of the last ~70 years.

      • Aug 4, 2019 @ 15:29 at 15:29
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        Israel is loved by God and are his chosen nation. You are not.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 15:55 at 15:55
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    The UK no longer rules the waves.Those days are long gone.See the actuel present in the gulf.Very limited and weak performance….

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 17:31 at 17:31
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      The Royal Navy 74 Ships, 6 Destroyers, 13 Frigates, 10 Subs, 2 Transports, 13 Mine Sweepers, 22 Patrol, 4 Survey Vessels, 1 Icebreaker & 2 Historic Warships and 3 Naval Bases. SFEagle1 Is correct! No Longer Rules the Waves Anywhere!

      • Jul 23, 2019 @ 21:28 at 21:28
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        Praise Allah, our Islamic fleet is by far more powerful, and the US shows fear and reserve.
        Watch out Britain and weak France, you will lose track of some oil tankers!

        • Jul 25, 2019 @ 8:01 at 8:01
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          What are you smoking, idiot? One, just ONE of our nuclear aircraft carriers has enough F-22’s & F-35’s AND Tomahawk missiles with nuclear warheads to turn your sh!tty little is_lamic sh!thole country into a parking lot. I can’t wait to watch it all!

          • Jul 28, 2019 @ 14:40 at 14:40
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            1 aircraft carrier can’t turn a country into a parking lot, save maybe Luxembourg or Lesotho. 80 million people in Iran. We could beat the country down but why spend billions and risk it. The mullahs leave millions on the table every day sanctions remain in place. Why would we spend money to destroy them when we can sit back and take in the cash – oil is making us (and Saudi and OPEC and Russia) more $$ per barrel as long as Iran and Venezuela are in timeout…. Think think think…..

            If you really want to see destruction grab your rifle and go lay down some rounds. Don’t sit and beat the drums of war from your keyboard as no one is fooled.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:07 at 16:07
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    I don’t see any danger or risk in the UK-Iran tanker standoff becoming an armed conflict. The UK has too few naval forces to do anything to harm Iran; and Iran has no way to harm the UK aside from seizing oil tankers. The advantage in this lies with the British, since the tankers don’t actually have British crews or belong to British investors. It doesn’t punish or hurt the UK to have them seized. Nor does seizing oil tankers help Iran. Iran wants to sell oil, not acquire oil it cannot sell. Iran will always be the biggest loser in a tanker seizing war in the Persian Gulf. The biggest winner is the US. The more Iran seizes European and Asian shipping, the more the world will sympathize with the Americans’ anti-Iran sanctions policy.

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 17:48 at 17:48
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      The UK Monarchs try to Advance Civilization from 1600s to 1960s throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, Redrawing Maps of Mideast Choosing Approved Monarchs causing Many Problems in Existence using Brutal, Ruthless, and Espionage Debris that has Burden America.

      • Jul 24, 2019 @ 8:36 at 8:36
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        The British Empire, Greece and Rome before, brought civilization to much of the world.
        Kipling wrote a poem thanking the Romans for killing his ancestors and converting them to monotheism.
        The British were far from perfect, but drew terrible borders, and but this was in the UK’s national interest of extracting wealth, preventing communism’s spread and maintaining power via the Commonwealth.
        Geopolitics are an amoral game.

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:26 at 19:26
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      Beware of the perfidious UK purposely fomenting a military conflict, to scuttle Trump’s economic non-violent takedown of the Iranian regime. They are not what they present themselves to be.

      • Jul 24, 2019 @ 0:33 at 0:33
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        No, beware of brutal perfidious Cartha, the child sacrificing cult from the juice. Cannibal club, ne plus ultra.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:11 at 16:11
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    The Trump of the UK! Now maybe some things will get done. Kicking the can down the road is not good policy, not int he US, not in the UK. Bite the bullet and do what needs to be done!

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:29 at 16:29
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    Hopefully the Trump – Johnson alliance would be incredibly effective, as the Roosevelt – Churchill combination during the Second World Ear !

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:40 at 16:40
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    London bridge is falling down. my fair lady.

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 18:01 at 18:01
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      The British MI6 Blueprint for the American CIA still Play a Huge Role. They Influence World Affairs as the Greeks Scholars in Every Roman Family would Influence Rome for their Interests! The 1916 Secret Treaty UK-France, 1928 BP Redline Agreement & 1953 Iranian Coup D’état & Colonial Deaths on 5 Continents for Monarchs Legacy being Paid by American Taxpayers & Lives!

      • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:34 at 19:34
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        The UK never relinquished their empire. They just abdicated to the UN, enshrined their colonial borders as “international law” and used the American military to secure their imperial interests.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:50 at 16:50
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    CONGRATULATION BORIS FIRSTABLE FORGET THE SHIP KIDNAPPED BY THE IRANIANS YOU NEED LEAVE EU BEFORE 31 OCTOBER ACCORD OR WITHOUT ACCORD. AND ONLY AFTER THAT YOU WILL GO AGAINST IRANIANS WITH TRUMP AND ISRAEL. I HOPE VERY SOON YOU WILL BE JOINED BY ITALIANS AND THEN BY GREEKS AND POLANDS

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 17:16 at 17:16
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    Good luck Boris. Thank you for standing with Israel and with President Trump.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 18:11 at 18:11
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    Boris Johnson will be an excellent leader. Great Britain will form a trade pact with the United States that will be far superior to what Great Britain had with the European Union. The European Union has many problems, especially France and Germany and the Deutsch Bank. And Jeremy Corbyn has zero chance of winning. Boris Johnson is very popular. Corbyn only has the radicals on the Left.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 18:23 at 18:23
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    MEGA

    • Jul 24, 2019 @ 6:58 at 6:58
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      It remains to be seen if either the people of the UK or the USA have the grit in their craw that existed when Churchill marshaled the spirit of the people of the precious green island to endure the Battle of Britain, or Roosevelt/Eisenhower marshaled the manpower and material of America through D Day and beyond. History shows the Russian can endure almost any hardship and loss in repelling invasion forces. But both the Russians and the Anglo/Americans face a worldwide opposition which prays five times a day and is willing to die for its cause. Where does this end? Russia, Britain and the USA must ally with Israel and seek the peace but be ready to enforce it. Russia pays lip service to the Shia but coordinates with Israel. The long run plan must be to nurture within Islam a spiritual jihad to fight the evil of war and violence and oppression, and advance the light of education, and the rule of law.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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    Boris Johnson: Britain’s New PM Was Born in New York City and Was a U.S. Citizen for Decades—Until the IRS Caught up With Him

    • Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:01 at 11:01
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      Great another tRUMP crook/pervert/ idiot just what the world needs.

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 20:18 at 20:18
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    EU is heading towards New Communism, more likely to break up than not. Trump will bail UK if no deal with a special trade agreement . USA wants an Axis with UK

    • Jul 23, 2019 @ 23:44 at 23:44
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      Norbus… There is serious Talk & Planning that UK BREXIT will create it own EU Market Alternative with Poland, Hungry, Ireland, Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City and with Favorable Tariff Status with America, Canada and Mexico!

  • Jul 23, 2019 @ 23:36 at 23:36
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    The Iran Regime Arrested 150 Challengers last week and many within the Regime can see there is no Future and do not want to be on Losing End. It is Expensive making sure others don’t take Power. Trump is very Clever Dealing with them and has Emboldened all Intelligence Agencies. One more Uprisings and it will begin the Overthrow.

  • Jul 24, 2019 @ 0:20 at 0:20
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    The Boris Johnsin is the best example that jews damaging and destrorying their host countries

    the Russian jew Johnson has initiated BREXIT, since then the UK is in Chaos and disarrayy.

    Jew must never rue a country
    Jews must live under rukes of chrisitan kings or Moslem Emirs
    Dtate of Syria – Palestine must be rued by PAlestinian – AL Fatah

    • Jul 24, 2019 @ 7:02 at 7:02
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      You’re nuts

  • Jul 24, 2019 @ 7:35 at 7:35
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    The EU is globalism in action – plain and simple. Globalism is also worldwide communism in action, simpler still. Behind every globalist is a communist. If Johnson is to succeed, he will have to fight them and make alliances with countries that are not controlled by them. Choose wisely. An easy way to tell is if a country “allows” itself, or invites, an invasion by hordes of ignorant people. They are the Kalergi countries. As for Iran, that solution is simple. Get the Brit ships out of there and keep them out. Let the countries that import that oil deal with the ayatowelhead.

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