Good morning from London.
Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is holding his first Cabinet meeting.
On Wednesday night, Johnson overhauled the makeup of the government, getting rid of 17 of the ministers who served under his predecessor, Theresa May.
In their place is a top team of serious Brexiteers. The message is clear: Johnson is going to do everything he can to force through Brexit, with or without a deal, by October 31.
However, while the government might look different, the political stalemate Johnson faces hasn’t changed. He inherits May’s lack of majority and in the weeks since May announced her resignation, opponents to Johnson and Brexit generally have been getting more confident.
Confident that they can stop Brexit, confident that they can politically paralyze Johnson and confident that they could try to bring his government down.
It’s day one of the 99-day countdown to Brexit. Whether Johnson makes it that far is still an open question.