Johnson to be next British PM

Staff Writer | Jul 24, 2019
Former foreign secretary wins Tory leadership race against Jeremy Hunt.

Boris Johnson will be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, beating Jeremy Hunt in the race to become the leader of the governing Tory (or Conservative) Party. Johnson and Hunt had emerged as the most popular candidates to lead the Tories in balloting among their Parliamentary colleagues.

The two candidates were then presented to ordinary members of the Conservative Party, with Johnson emerging as the victor by a significant margin. Some 160 000 Britons were eligible to vote in the party’s leadership election, with nearly 90% choosing to do so. Johnson won nearly two-thirds of the votes cast, easily seeing off Hunt’s challenge.

The election became necessary after former leader Theresa May announced her resignation as party leader and as Prime Minister. This followed her repeated failure to present a Brexit (the planned exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union) deal which the House of Commons would accept.

The American-born Johnson is expected to become Prime Minister today.

Johnson has had a chequered career. He was a popular mayor of London, a position he held from 2008 until 2016. However, his decision to support Brexit made him an increasingly polarising figure in Britain.

It now remains to be seen whether Johnson will be able to deliver Brexit for Britain, or if the political turmoil – which is increasingly becoming the new normal – will continue.

 

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