Britain's governing Conservative Party announced Boris Johnson as its new leader and therefore the country's next prime minister on Tuesday, July 23rd.
Party officials made the announcement that Johnson had beaten rival Jeremy Hunt following the ballot which included about 160,000 Conservative party members nationwide. His win was expected, based on polls and bookkeepers’ predictions.
As winner of the leadership race, Johnson replaces Theresa May, who announced her resignation last month, and will officially take over the position of prime minister on Wednesday.
The former London mayor focused his campaign on promising his fellow Conservatives that he would succeed where May failed and take the UK out of the European Union by the scheduled date of October 31st, come what may. If necessary, without a divorce deal.
Several Conservative ministers already signalled their resignations prior to the official announcement, while others promised to follow in their footsteps once Johnson’s win would become reality, AP reported.
The reason behind the string of resignations is the ministers’ disagreement with Johnson’s approach to dealing with the issue of Brexit. Resigning from their posts was ministers’ attempt to fight any push for a "no-deal" Brexit, an outcome which economists have repeatedly warned would disrupt trade and plunge the UK into recession.
May stepped down after the UK Parliament repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement which she struck with the EU. Johnson insists he can get the EU to renegotiate — something the bloc rejects outrightly and says it will not do.
If renegotiations prove impossible, Johnson says Britain must leave the EU on Halloween, "come what may."
Britain now faces even more political turmoil and a volatile showdown over Brexit, after years of trying to overcome the deadlock in which politicians and their negotiations have been mired.
New prime minister Johnson will enter 10 Downing Street on Wednesday to preside over a House of Commons in which most members oppose leaving the EU without a deal, and where the Conservative Party lacks an overall majority.