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Boris Johnson, Britain’s former foreign secretary, built his career on a foundation of anti-European Union rhetoric and propaganda, and was one of the leaders of the successful 2016 referendum campaign that persuaded a slim majority of United Kingdom voters to approve the country’s exit from the 28-member political and trade bloc. Now he’s on course to become the next prime minister of the U.K.’s Conservative government (despite a controversy that blew up over the weekend after neighbors called police on Friday night to investigate a loud argument coming from the apartment he shares with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, a Tory party press officer). And as premier, it could soon be Johnson’s job to wrangle with Brussels to find a way to deliver the country’s withdrawal from the EU — the process called Brexit — ahead of the departure deadline of Oct. 31. To say that the leaders of the other 27 EU member states aren’t thrilled with the prospect of his taking over from Theresa May is an understatement. May is stepping down as premier in the wake of her failure to get Parliament to approve the Brexit deal she spent nearly two years negotiating. “I don’t think the credibility of Boris Johnson is very high in the EU,” says Christian Lequesne, a professor of European politics at the French university Sciences Po. “He’s someone who says one thing and says the opposite the next day.” But as much as Johnson is distrusted and disliked in Brussels, there is a…

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