Boris Johnson to Succeed Theresa May as Uks Prime Minister

Boris Johnson to Succeed Theresa May as Uks Prime Minister

LONDON – Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson will succeed Theresa May as Britain’s next prime minister after being elected leader of the Conservative party, defeating Jeremy Hunt in the party’s leadership contest.

The former mayor of London, who has long cherished an ambition to lead his country, won the contest by a convincing margin of 92,153 votes to 46,656, with 66% of the vote. Turnout was 87.4% among 159,320 party members.

Johnson, 55, takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday, the BBC reported.

In a characteristically flippant acceptance speech, Johnson conceded that even some of his own supporters may “wonder quite what they have done”

Johnson promised in his victory speech he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.

Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, he said: “We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do.”

Theresa May decided to step down in May after failing to achieve consensus inside the parliament and within the Conservative Party over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The outgoing PM, who congratulated her successor, will face her final prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons before tendering her resignation to the Queen tomorrow (Wednesday).

Johnson will then go to Buckingham Palace himself for his appointment to be confirmed – before being driven to Downing Street to give a speech in front of the black door of No 10.

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