New PM Boris Johnson to form government after taking office

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Boris Johnson will officially take over from Theresa May as the new British Prime Minister today, after which he will unveil the names of the team he has tasked with delivering Brexit by the end of October, with or without a deal.

The new Conservative leader will take office after an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. His formal title will be “Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury”.

He will enter Downing Street in the afternoon and is expected to give a speech before appointing key members of the government.

Some of the senior cabinet posts he is expected to announce include chancellor of the exchequer and home secretary.

It was a comfortable win for Johnson, who defeated Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of Tory members – gaining a 66.4% total share of the vote.

Prime Minister Theresa May will leave Downing Street after a three-year premiership that was mired by crises over Brexit. She will travel to Buckingham Palace to formally tender her resignation to Queen Elizabeth.

 

 




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