Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next prime minister

Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next prime minister

Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has won the United Kingdom’s ruling Conservative Party leadership contest, making him Prime Minister-designate of Britain.

Mr Johnson, who also served as Mayor of London for eight years, beat rival and incumbent British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656.

Mr Johnson will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday (local time).

During his victory speech, the Prime Minister-designate promised to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.

He said: “We are going to energise the country.

“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.

“We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity.”

Mrs May announced her resignation earlier this year, following an attempt to unseat her by members of her own party and multiple failed attempts to get her Brexit deal passed through the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson campaigned heavily for Britain to leave the European Union in 2016.

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