Following a month-long contest, Boris Johnson has been announced as the new leader of the Conservative party and by default, the Prime Minister of the UK. The official hand over between Boris Johnson and Theresa May will take place tomorrow.
The announcement, delayed by several minutes, was made at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre today at around 12:05 (BST). Mr Johnson had arrived through a back door to the building avoiding the protesters outside the main entrance.
“Can we be kinder to the next Prime Minister than we have been to the current Prime Minister?” said Tory backbencher, Charles Walker.
Mr Johnson claimed 92,153 number of votes against Mr Hunt’s 46,656. A high turnout of Conservatives voted estimated at 87%.
Many Muslims fear the appointment of the radical mercurial former Mayor of London. And in some circles has been cast as the Trump’s perfect partner. Many have vocalised their disappointment on social media and are urging Corbyn to force a 2nd referendum before October.
He is a man with a history of controversial comments that raise eyebrows. Take, for example, his comments about letterboxes for women wearing the Niqab or face veil, which was created a surge of attacks against Muslim women.
Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election and argued Johnson has not “won the support of our country.”
“Boris Johnson has won the support of fewer than 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative Party members by promising tax cuts for the richest, presenting himself as the bankers’ friend, and pushing for a damaging No Deal Brexit,” the Labour Party leader tweeted.
Johnson praised both Mr Hunt and Theresa May. In his speech, he confirmed he will get “Brexit done” by October 31st, unite the country and stop Jeremy Corbyn from getting into office.
The outgoing Ms May tweeted “Many congratulations to @BorisJohnson on being elected leader of the @Conservatives- we now need to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government. You will have my full support from the backbenches.”
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!”