Boris Johnson named next Prime Minister of Britain

Elias Hubbard
July 23, 2019

Johnson, an avid supporter of Brexit and former Mayor of London, had been expected to clinch victory against Hunt.

Ironically, Johnson will now oversee the hard mission to get Britain out of the European Union following Theresa May's resignation last month.

"We look forward to working constructively with PM Johnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the withdrawal agreement and achieve an orderly Brexit", said the bloc's negotiator of the unprecedented divorce, Michel Barnier.

Boris Johnson will become prime minister on Wednesday after securing victory in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.

Theresa May, who will resign as Prime Minister on Wednesday, offered her congratulations but stressed that Mr Johnson should work "to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK", a clear warning against a no-deal departure. In his victory speech, Johnson praised Hunt as a formidable opponent and thanked the outgoing prime minister for her "extraordinary service to this party and our country".

"We are going to get Brexit done on October 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of "can do", Johnson, 55, said after the result was announced. "But he hasn't won the support of our country". One senior Eurosceptic on Johnson's campaign team said they are perfectly prepared to "take him out ourselves" if he failed on his promise to deliver a clear-cut Brexit by that date.

Hired by the Daily Telegraph, Johnson infuriated European officials and delighted then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by lampooning the European Economic Community with a host of sometimes misleading reports from Brussels. "He will be great!".

The rise of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, often referred to as simply "Boris", to the top of British politics is the grandest twist so far in a career that has taken him from journalism via TV-show fame, comedy and scandal into the political brinkmanship of Britain's Brexit crisis.

He said Hunt's position regarding a no-deal Brexit was "more nuanced", but said he would support either man in their pursuit of a new Brexit deal, but it would not be possible to agree this before Brexit is scheduled to happen on October 31. However, the European Union has insisted they will not renegotiate.

Several Conservative ministers have already announced they will resign to fight any push for a "no-deal" Brexit, an outcome economists warn would disrupt trade and plunge the United Kingdom into recession. So what are the challenges he will have to deal with?

Johnson will also have to work to fix the relationship with the USA after the now-outgoing British ambassador Kim Darroch disparaged Trump in leaked diplomatic cables, including calling him "inept".

Labour have backed away from submitting a confidence motion in Johnson this week as they believe the Tory rebels are prepared to give him a chance, but there is a likelihood they will lay one in the weeks after parliament returns from recess.

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