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Boris Johnson will become the next U.K. PM

[Edited By: Gaurav]

Tuesday, 23rd July , 2019 12:30 pm

Boris Johnson is expected to be the elected leader of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom and the next prime minister of the country on July 23, with the task of fulfilling his promise to "do or die" to deliver Brexit in just three months.

Johnson and his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, spent the last month touring the country seeking to win the less than 200,000 members of the Conservative Party who will elect the new British leader.

The vote was closed at 1600 GMT on July 22 and the result will be announced on July 23 in the morning. The winner will formally assume the position of Prime Minister on July 24 in the afternoon, succeeding Theresa May, who resigned from her inability to get Parliament to ratify her agreement with Brexit.

Johnson, a former mayor of London who resigned as foreign minister a year ago for May's Brexit plans, is the clear favorite to replace it, with several polls placing him at around 70%. It will inherit a political crisis due to Britain's exit from the European Union, which will currently take place on October 31. Johnson must persuade the EU to resume talks on a withdrawal agreement that has not been reaffirmed, or lead Britain to the economic uncertainty of an unmanaged game.

The only agreement on the table has been rejected three times by parliament and many lawmakers, including pro-EU rebels in the Conservative Party, also promise to block Johnson trying to get Britain out of the EU without an agreement. He said he would increase preparations for an agreement to try to force EU negotiators to make changes to the agreement.

Johnson is not likely to begin announcing key ministerial appointments until July 24, but his victory in the leadership contest is expected to generate several resignations in the Conservative Party, deeply divided.

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