WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former London Mayor Boris Johnson will become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Theresa May.
- Pro-Brexit Johnson on Tuesday has been elected as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party.
- After Prime Minister Theresa May officially resigns, Johnson will meet the queen at the Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to formally invite him to form the next government.
Pro-Brexit politician Boris Johnson will become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom after beating Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday as the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party.
Johnson won the race with 92,153 votes while Hunt received 46,656. A new prime minister can be appointed even without a general election under the U.K.’s parliamentary system.
On Wednesday afternoon, the former mayor of London will go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth after Prime Minister Theresa May officially resigns. The queen will formally invite him to form the next government.
In a speech at the conference center, Johnson said: “We know that we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it,” referring to Brexit.
“We are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward,” he added.
May decided to resign at the end of May after months of disorder in Parliament due to Brexit — the U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union.
Johnson was one of the propellers for the U.K. to leave E.U. during the 2016 campaign. Though May had voted to remain, she supported the result of the referendum and spent the majority of her time in office pursuing a withdrawal agreement with E.U.
Brexit is now by far the biggest item on Johnson’s agenda, according to NBC News. He vowed to leave the E.U. on October 31st “do or die,” and has said he would consider leaving without a withdrawal agreement.
Brexit would allow the U.K. to sign bilateral trade deals unconnected to the E.U. However, the “no-deal” scenario would leave the country without a trade agreement, no customs arrangements and lacking shared standards in multiple areas.
Economists, business leaders and the British government’s own experts have given stark warnings of the damage “no-deal” could do to jobs, investment and trade, NBC News reported.
Many lawmakers in the Conservative Party are greatly skeptical about Johnson’s leadership credentials. Due to his approach to Brexit, several current government ministers have stated that they wouldn’t serve in leadership positions under Johnson.