Analysis: What will the new prime minister mean for retail?

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As the battle to become the next prime minister nears its conclusion, Retail Week investigates the impact a Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt premiership would have on retail.

Both Conservative Party leadership candidates have hailed the importance of the high street during their respective campaigns, but will their policies help revitalise the retail industry?

Runaway favourite Johnson famously said “f*** business” last year when asked about Brexit fears at a private Foreign Office reception.

His “do or die” approach to pursuing Brexit on October 31 has nevertheless appeared to win over party members. The final ballots have been sent out to the 160,000 members and the winner will be announced on July 23.

Both candidates have been releasing policy stances piecemeal on the campaign trail, but many questions remain unanswered, particularly around Brexit, the biggest issue of all.

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