It's Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Tech industry speaks its brains on Brexit-monger's victory

www.theregister.co.uk | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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The United Kingdom, incorporating Kingston*, has a new prime minister. That prime minister is Boris Johnson, and tech industry mouthpieces are falling over themselves to tell us what they think of him and his policies.

Johnson was elected by Conservative party members, winning 66 per cent of the vote against rival contender Jeremy Hunt, currently Foreign Secretary.

Blocks - Thinkpieces - TechUK - Brexit - Priority

First out of the blocks with the thinkpieces was TechUK, which said: "Brexit must be the first priority for the new Prime Minister," urging Boris not to leave the EU without a deal.

Johnson wants - or so he has been saying - Britain to leave the EU come the end of October, irrespecitve of whether a Withdrawal Agreement is in place or not. This is something many in the tech industry are wary of.

Product - Shortages - Price - Rises - Value

Product shortages, price rises - if the value of the pound sinks against the US dollar - and a recession are all potential outcomes that have been talked about by the various sides.

Apart from the B-word, TechUK wants the coiffured one to "put digital at the heart of his government to turbocharge the economy, transform public services and drive sustainability" (no, we don't know what any of that means either).

Reason - Body - Voice - UK - Tech

For some reason the body that promotes itself as the voice of the UK tech industry didn't mention Boris's pie-in-the-sky comments from last week about rolling out full-fibre broadband across dear old Blighty. We suppose that adopting a suitably arslikhan approach is thought to be good for business.

Qdos, an accounting firm and not a fork of the venerable and elderly operating system, wants Boris to "focus on building a tax system that works for the millions of independent professionals in the UK". That means those Britons who work for themselves, based on Qdos's criticism of "the way the government and HMRC...
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