The new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that he will lead Britain with "no ifs or buts" out of the European Union by 31 October 2019. In his inaugural address, he expressed optimism that he would be able to reach an agreement with the European Union. Even at this late stage," Johnson said, "it is still possible to renegotiate the "unacceptable" draft of the withdrawal agreement. Nevertheless, the British government is preparing intensively for an unregulated withdrawal. Prime Minister Johnson has emphatically emphasised his new course with a comprehensive cabinet reshuffle. Approximately half of the cabinet members who served under Theresa May were replaced. Former "Brexit" minister Dominic Raab becomes new foreign minister and First Secretary of State. Former Minister of the Interior Sajid Javid becomes the new Minister of Finance. Former Development Minister Priti Patel becomes new Minister of the Interior. Three core departments are now occupied by politicians who are regarded as "Brexit hardliners".
Following Johnson's inauguration, it became known that he had set the condition for a meeting with France's President Macron and Chancellor Merkel that they agree to renewed talks about the resignation treaty already negotiated. So far, the European Union has categorically refused to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. Jean-Claude Juncker, the current President of the Commission, has also rejected Johnson's demands, but is prepared to "analyse any ideas expressed by the UK as to whether they are compatible with the withdrawal agreement".
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