FILE – In this Thursday, May 25, 2017 file photo British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrive for a meeting during the NATO summit of heads of state and government, at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels. Boris Johnson aspires to be a modern-day Winston Churchill. Critics fear he’s a British Donald Trump. Johnson won the contest to lead the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday July 23, 2019, and is set to be asked Wednesday by Queen Elizabeth II to become Britain’s next prime minister. (Thierry Charlier/Pool Photo via AP, File)
British conservative party leader Boris Johnson is set to become the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister, cementing the ushering in of a wave of populist ideologies and propelling far-right fringe groups further into the British mainstream.
But victory was not always inevitable and, similar to political tensions in the United States, upcoming elections and an uncertain Brexit has serious implications for U.S. and U.K. relations.
On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with CGTN correspondent Owen Fairclough about Johnson’s rise alongside far-right nationalism, Brexit and implications for relations with the United States.
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