What will Boris Johnson's first week in a majority government look like?

Will Taylor
News Reporter
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen outside No 10 Downing Street, London after his gamble on early election paid off as the Conservative Party won a majority in the 2019 General Election. The Conservative Party's commanding majority will take United Kingdom out of the European Union by the end of January 2020. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Fresh from winning a healthy majority in Thursday’s election, Boris Johnson will start the process of governing.

The Prime Minister is in northern England today meeting newly elected Tory MPs after the party won seats in traditionally Labour constituencies.

He has already reiterated he does not want another independence referendum in a phone call to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

The PM has also taken calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish PM Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit.

With MPs due back in on Tuesday and then having to break off at some point for Christmas, the PM could have a busy week ahead.

Sunday and Monday

Mr Johnson is expected to announce a new Cabinet, with potential promotions for impressive performers in the election campaign.

Eyes will be on whether Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose insensitive remarks about the Grenfell Tower fire triggered huge condemnation at the start of the campaign, retains a spot in the team.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and chief secretary to the treasury Rishi Sunak have been touted for bigger roles.

Michael Gove with other members of the Cabinet at Conservative Campaign Headquarters Call Centre, London, while on the election campaign trail. (PA Images)

Tuesday

MPs return to Parliament to be sworn in by taking an oath of allegiance.

This usually takes a few days to complete but it will be speeded up to just two so that a Queen’s Speech can be held before Christmas.

Thursday

The Queen formally opens Parliament, with the last State Opening having taken place on October 14, just 10 days before Mr Johnson called an election.

It will have “reduced ceremonial elements”, according to Downing Street.

Friday

The Tories said they wanted to Parliament to approve Mr Johnson’s Brexit plan in December as an “early Christmas present” for voters.

They could sit on Friday to introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is expected to pass now the Conservatives have won a majority.