PM BoJo to officially enter 10 Downing Street on Wednesday after meeting with the Queen
Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the next UK prime minister after winning the race to become the leader of the Conservative Party.
PM Johnson beat rival Jeremy Hunt at the ballot of about 160,000 Tory members, with his victory being revealed at just before midday at Westminster’s QE2 conference center in London on Tuesday.
As the overwhelming favorite to replace PM Theresa May as the Conservative Party leader, BoJo is poised to unveil an ambitious domestic policy agenda looking beyond Brexit following his victory.
Last night, former London Mayor Johnson was plotting with his inner circle as outgoing PM May held a farewell party for ministers and Conservative MPs in 10 Downing Street.
Mr. Johnson will officially become prime minister on Wednesday.
Throughout the race, Johnson was seen as the clear favorite to become the next British leader, although a number of senior figures have said they will not serve under him.
Mrs. May, who is standing down after a revolt by Conservative MPs over her Brexit policy, chaired her last cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
She will meet with the Queen on Wednesday afternoon to officially tender her resignation after taking part in her final Prime Minister’s Questions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will take office shortly afterward, following an audience at Buckingham Palace.
This is what to expect in the coming days:
- Boris Johnson was confirmed as UK prime minister in London on Tuesday
- Theresa May will take part in her final Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday
- She will then head to Buckingham Palace to offer her resignation to the Queen
- Her Majesty will meet the new Mr. Johnson and invite him to form a new government
- Traditionally, PM Johnson will be expected to make a statement in Downing Street before stepping into Number 10
- Appointments to the cabinet and ministerial team are expected on Thursday, and the reshuffle could continue into Friday
Voting among the Tories’ 160,000 eligible members closed at 5 pm on Monday.
The declaration of the result marks the finale of a month-long battle between Mr. Johnson and rival Jeremy Hunt.
The campaign has included a TV debate, 16 hustings across the UK, interviews, campaign visits, and photo opportunities.
Ahead of the result, leading supporter Jacob Rees-Mogg welcomed Mr. Johnson’s expected victory, saying:
“I think Boris will be good for the country because he’ll deliver on his promise to leave EU and he’ll do that by 31 October.
“He’ll be good for the Conservative Party as he has the electoral stardust that makes him attractive and a unifying figure across the country.”
Ultimately, it has been Mr. Johnson’s pledge to leave the EU by Halloween “do or die” that gave him the edge over Mr. Hunt, in a leadership contest dominated by Brexit.
As prime minister, New York-born PM Johnson, who holds both British and US citizenship, is expected to forge deeper relations with the United States as the UK heads into uncertain waters with Brexit looming.
US President Donald Trump said last week that Boris Johnson would do “a great job” as UK prime minister and they would have “a very good relationship.”
“He’s a different kind of a guy but they say I’m a different kind of a guy too,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
Speaking about outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, however, he said she “has done a very bad job with Brexit.”
President Trump said he spoke to Mr. Johnson last Thursday, adding: “We get along well.”
“I like Boris Johnson, I always have,” he told reporters from the Oval Office in the White House.
Speaking about the UK’s Brexit negotiations, he said: “It’s a disaster and it shouldn’t be that way.”
“I think Boris will straighten it out,” he added.