(PM) It has just been formally announced that Boris Johnson will succeed Theresa May as the new U.K. Prime Minister.
Johnson, the former Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 and a former Foreign Secretary won the vote from 160,000 Conservative Party members by two to one to beat his contender, current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He will be formally appointed on Wednesday afternoon after Theresa May has visited Buckingham Palace to announce her resignation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following which Johnson will also speak with the Queen who will invite him to form a new government.
Born in the Upper East Side of New York, U.S.A., Mr. Johnson, whose full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was educated at British schools Eton and Oxford is widely known for his entertaining humor and occasional politically-incorrect gaffes.
He did hold both U.S. and British citizenship up until 2016 when he renounced his U.S. citizenship ‘for tax reasons’.
The 55-year old has an established pro-Brexit stance and has campaigned on the promise of bringing the UK out of Europe by the current deadline of 31 October this year.
Mr. Johnson, who once stated, “My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive” inherits a toxic U.K. government which is divided over Brexit and which has a wafer-thin parliamentary majority of just two.
He will begin announcing his government cabinet re-shuffle as early as later today and is widely expected to keep Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary, particularly in the light of current events surrounding Iran.
President Trump is a supporter of Johnson, of whom he said just last Friday “I like him. I spoke to him yesterday. I think we’re going to have a great relationship.”