UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Boris Johnson, who pledged to lead Britain to break away from the European Union with or without an agreement by the end of October, replaces Teresa Mae as Britain’s prime minister after winning a Conservative party on Tuesday.
His victory drives the UK toward a standoff with the European Union over secession and an internal constitutional crisis after members of the British parliament vowed to topple any government trying to break out of the union without a deal.
Johnson received 92,153 Conservative votes, nearly double his opponent, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who collected 46,656 votes.
Mai leaves her post on Wednesday after going to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth, who will formally appoint Johnson before he enters Downing Street.
“We will finish coming out of the EU by October 31, and we will take advantage of all the opportunities that this will give us in the spirit of ‘yes we can’ new,” said Johnson, 55, after announcing the result.
“We will rise as the giant giants rise and break the cuffs of self-confidence and negativity.”
He said the centerpiece of his campaign for the party’s leadership was “achieving separation from the European Union, unifying the country and defeating Jeremy Corbyn (leader of the opposition Labor Party), which we will do.”
About half an hour later, US President Donald Trump congratulated him on Twitter and said, “It will be great!”
Trump and Johnson have recently exchanged pleasantries, but Trump is one of several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Johnson has already spoken of with disdain. In 2015, Johnson Trump, who was still a candidate for president at the time, was accused of “astonishing ignorance”, making him ineligible for president.
The big win by Johnson, one of the most prominent politicians in Britain, puts a strong supporter of the exit from the European Union in the leadership of the government for the first time since the United Kingdom voted to secede in a stalemate in 2016.
But Johnson will take on one of the most difficult turns in Britain’s history since the end of World War II.
The pound has fallen sharply in recent weeks on fears of a pullout from the EU without an agreement, and now stands at around $ 1.24.
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The referendum in 2016 showed a split in the UK far beyond the EU and brightened up on things ranging from separation and immigration policies to British capitalism and modernity.
The issue of getting out of the European Union that ousted conservative prime ministers remains the dominant one.
Johnson pledged to negotiate with the European Union for a new separation agreement to ensure smooth transition outside the EU before October 31. But if the European Union insists on its refusal, Johnson will carry out his pledge to leave at that time.
Many investors and economists say such a move would hit global markets and plunge the world’s fifth largest economy into recession or perhaps chaos.
The European Union said going out without an agreement would be a tragedy for both sides but reiterated that the withdrawal agreement was not on the table for negotiations.
“We look forward to working constructively with Prime Minister Johnson when he takes office to facilitate the ratification of the withdrawal agreement and to proceed with the orderly withdrawal,” Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, wrote on Twitter.
Any withdrawal without an agreement would weaken London’s status as the privileged international financial center at a time when it will hit the economy of northern Europe.
The Conservative Party does not have a majority in parliament and needs the support of 10 lawmakers from the Unionist Democratic Party of Northern Ireland, which supports the exit from the European Union to govern.
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