Whilst Parliament, the Government, the legislature and the EU have been contributing to a feverish few weeks, the UK economy has actually improved. Despite the political twists and turns, the Accountagility Index (AAX) records UK political and economic health in a score out of ten.
The opposition showed their teeth over the past fortnight, by allying to take control of the Parliamentary agenda and pass a law extending Brexit by three months. Remainers have triumphed, pushing the exit date out to 31st January 2020. The Conservative party has lost its majority and cannot even call a General Election, to attempt to resolve the issue. Notwithstanding this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be determined to leave by 31st October 2019.
It’s early days for the UK’s new leadership team, and whilst Boris Johnson is not everyone’s cup of tea, there is a new momentum and style coming from Downing Street. This will have implications on further turbulence in Westminster over the coming weeks as we count down towards the latest Brexit deadline of 31st October 2019. What can be said is that the Cabinet is united for the first time since the Referendum, and that there is a revived sense of purpose and activity.
The leadership tussle between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt is entering its final throes, but whoever wins will have a series of challenges to face; convincing new EU leaders that a no-deal Brexit is real, getting Parliament to acquiesce and accept that the UK is leaving on the 31st October; avoiding a General Election; and mobilising the nation behind the exit. His most important task, however, based on the opinions of industry leaders, is “the urgent need to restore confidence” in the economy and in political decision-making.
May is over, Theresa fell too, and so too did the Index of Britain’s health.