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New deal?

We have a new Prime Minister and a new Cabinet but the main aim remains the same – to implement the people’s vote to leave the EU.  In his first speech outside No. 10 Downing Street, having been asked by the Queen to form a government, Boris Johnson emphasized

“We will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support.”

He looked forward to a “post-Brexit future” and considered opportunities open to the people of Britain in battery technology, free ports, the bio-science sector, in satellite and earth observation systems.  He wants safer streets, better education, ‘fantastic’ new road and rail infrastructure and full fibre broadband across Britain.

But what does he want for the property industry?  Where in his speech does he consider the issues close the the hearts of people in that sector?  Perhaps the hint (but no more) comes when he speaks of his role as Prime Minister of the whole of the United Kingdom

“and that means uniting our country, answering at last the plea of the forgotten people and the left-behind towns by physically and literally renewing the ties that bind us together.”

Does he have in mind the empty retail units in our high streets or perhaps the problem of houses left empty and presently under consideration by Cornwall Council?

What remains left undone by previous administrations?  A look down the list of issues raised, considered and reported upon by the Law Commission gives us some matters to ponder such as rights to light, termination of tenancies, a land registration system fit for the 21st century, a right for tenants to manage their own properties and the knotty question of leasehold enfranchisement.  Where will the new government’s priority lie after 31st October, 2019?  Time will tell.