London (CNN) June 2020 is set to be one of the most important months in Boris Johnson’s somewhat tumultuous first year as Prime Minister. Mired in a scandal surrounding his chief adviser Dominic Cummings and facing difficult questions about the UK having the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe , Johnson’s next month is going to be critical if he is to recapture the authority he had at the start of 2020. […] Since then, it has been in a transition period where it still obeys EU rules in exchange for business as usual in key areas, most notably trade. […] This level of insouciance is not uncommon across the EU’s institutions, where an official working on the negotiations said with a shrug that “the UK is free to do whatever it wants” and that Brussels is prepared for a “stalemate” at the end of June. […] And just as it has in the UK, coronavirus might make certain no-deal calculations easier for the EU to swallow in the long run.
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