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Letter from London: Boris Johnson, back in charge, looks to reopen UK

PM, recovered from coronavirus, is considering flexible 'second phase' lockdown

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Boris Johnson speaks outside 10 Downing Street after recovering from COVID-19 on Apr. 27: the Johnson government has been on the backfoot during the crisis.   © Reuters

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times and chairman of the Tate.

The office of prime minister carries extraordinary weight in British politics, never more so than during a state of emergency. The PM is the executive chairman of the Cabinet, the central decision-maker in government. Boris Johnson's return to work Monday, after a two-week convalescence from coronavirus, therefore marks an important moment.

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