Laura Kuenssberg has said Boris Johnson will be remembered as a prime minister with “enormous consequences” and a likely successor as a “great survivor”.
The 46-year-old journalist, who will soon host her first episode of the BBC’s Sunday morning politics programme, said she hopes the outgoing Prime Minister will have a “pure chapter” in UK history .
In an interview with The Sunday Times, she said there was a “sound argument” that Mr Johnson’s involvement in the Brexit debate had “tilted” the balance towards leaving the EU.
She said there was also a case that had Mr Johnson not won the Tory leadership contest in 2019, Britain might never have backed out.
When asked how he will be remembered, she said: “Without a doubt, he will always be seen as a prime minister with enormous consequences.
“Because whatever you think of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, there’s a good argument to be made that his participation has skewed heavily in favor of the UK. [it]but there’s also a valid argument that if he doesn’t win the leadership of the Tory in 2019, it [Brexit] will not happen.
“So he will have a long chapter in UK history. Then there was the ruling prime minister during the pandemic, many prime ministers almost lost their lives because of the epidemic.
Ms Kuenssberg described Mr Johnson’s likely successor, Liz Truss, as a “great survivor”.
“She is often looked down on by people who then she is more or less than,” she said.
“She was a great survivor. Let loose, shapeshift, be pragmatic, have a little fun at her own expense – that’s all she’s got [or is] ready to do. She is instinctive.”
As for her own next steps, she said she wanted her version of Sunday’s show to have some “wit and warmth around it”.
Ms Kuenssberg said there was no reason to be “aggressive for the sake of aggression”.
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Ms. Kuenssberg will take over the Sunday political show on September 4 with a new set, format and theme music.
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