Pro-Brexit Boris Johnson Becomes Next UK Prime Minister
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.
“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”, Boris Johnson said and BBC reported.
Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656.
Boris Johnson is the former London mayor and takes the function of PM from Theresa May on Wednesday.
In his victory speech, Mr. Johnson promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
The outgoing PM – who is standing down after a revolt by Conservative MPs over her Brexit policy – congratulated her successor, promising him her “full support from the backbenches”.
Foreign Secretary Mr. Hunt said he was “very disappointed”, but Mr. Johnson would do “a great job”. He said he had “total, unshakeable confidence in our country” and that was a valuable quality at such a challenging time.
Mr. Hunt added: “It was always going to be uphill for us because I was someone who voted Remain and I think lots of party members felt that this was a moment when you just had to have someone who voted for Brexit in the referendum.
British people are divided, some are against this election, and others saluted it.
Donald Trump told an event in Washington “a really good man is going to be the prime minister of the UK now,” and Mr. Johnson would “get it done”, referring to Brexit.
The president added: “They call him Britain Trump. That’s a good thing.”