Boris Johnson, Britain’s staunch BREXIT campaigner, was chosen as the UK’s next Prime Minister Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country.
Mr. Johnson, a man President Trump calls his friend, is set to become Prime Minister Wednesday after winning an election to lead the governing Conservatives. He will have just over 3 months to make good on his promise to lead the UK out of the European Union by 31 October.
President Trump Tweeted to congratulate him: “He will be great!”
Famed for his bravado, quips in Latin and blond hair, he easily defeated Conservative rival Jeremy Hunt, winning two-thirds of the votes of about 160,000 party members across the UK. He will become prime minister once Queen Elizabeth II formally asks him to form a government, replacing Theresa May.
The embattled Mrs. May announced her resignation last month after Parliament repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement she struck with the 28-nation bloc, leaving Britain stranded in BREXIT limbo. The UK’s departure from the EU was delayed from its long scheduled exit in March.
Johnson radiated optimism in a brief victory speech to hundreds of party members and lawmakers, pledging to “deliver BREXIT, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” leader of the opposition Labour Party.
“I say to all the doubters: ‘Dude, we are going to energize the country, we are going to get BREXIT done,'” said Mr. Johnson, a former London mayor and British foreign secretary.