Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the next Prime Minister of the UK.
In an overwhelming victory, he comfortably beat Jeremy Hunt by accumulating almost double his opposition’s votes.
He has therefore succeeded Theresa May as Prime Minister.
Here’s How Boris Became Prime Minister
Boris Johnson previously served as London Mayor in 2008 for an 8 year period, where he gained mainstream recognition.
This, and his firm stance on Brexit, will have been big factors towards his victory as the new Prime Minister.
Theresa May took part in her final Prime Minister’s Questions today, and following that handed in her resignation to the Queen.
Boris Johnson will now spend a day or two preparing his Government and speaking to MP’s that he would like to fill the roles in his Cabinet.
He is expected to make some difficult decisions, as a handful of high profile MP’s have declared that they will choose to not serve under Boris due to his views on a No-Deal Brexit.
Upon hearing the result of the vote that announced him as the next Prime Minister, Boris Johnson revealed that he has ‘achieved a lifetime ambition’.
What Does His Appointment Mean For Brexit?
Once Boris Johnson has finalised his Government team, the House of Commons will rise for the summer recess on the 25th July. MP’s won’t return until September 3rd.
While the House of Commons remains quiet, the general public will begin to learn more about what the future holds for Brexit.
Boris Johnson has clearly vocalised that he is all for a No-Deal Brexit given the circumstances. He isn’t afraid of the possibility, and would welcome the move over a poor Brexit deal.
He has stated that he knows that the EU want a nice, clean Brexit deal but he is willing to throw a spanner into that plan.
The next deadline for Brexit is October 31st, which Boris Johnson has promised will be Brexit day, with or without a deal in place.
Are There Rumblings Of A General Election?
It’s not unusual for a newly appointed Prime Minister to call a General Election. It helps to solidify their position after replacing a resigning Prime Minister by allowing them to propose their own mandate and get the backing of the people.
However, Boris Johnson has shrugged off all speculation of a General Election and declared that he will not be calling one.
That doesn’t mean that Labour won’t call a ‘No-Confidence Vote’ of Boris Johnson themselves.
If their vote is approved by a majority in Parliament (enough Conservatives turn on Boris Johnson) it would trigger a General Election.
Labour tried this tactic back in January against Theresa May, however she won the vote by 19 MPs, which meant that the ‘No-Confidence Vote’ was blocked.
Labour seem reluctant to table this motion at the present time, perhaps due to the frictions within their own party towards leader Jeremy Corbin…
Instead, it is likely that they will wait until nearer the Brexit deadline after the summer recess.
That is the time when everyone will be feeling the pressure of a real No-Deal Brexit.
It’s believed that Labour could win a ‘No-Confidence Vote’ if a general election is the only way of stopping a No-Deal Brexit.
Taking all of this into account, it seems as though the 31st October deadline isn’t so certain after all.
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