Boris Johnson is the new UK Prime Minister and succeeds Theresa May He has been elected leader of the Conservatives and will soon occupy 10 Downing Street .
Johnson took to twitter to thank his supporters during the contest
4 nations, 8000 miles, 16 regional hustings and hundreds of members’ events! Thank you everyone for your support throughout this contest!
With less than 100 hours until polls close, please vote for me to deliver Brexit by 31st October, unite our country and defeat Corbyn pic.twitter.com/YYkczINjBv
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 18, 2019
According to media reports , Johnson has won the UK’s leadership election, by 92,153 votes to 46,656, becoming prime minister and leader of the ruling Conservative Party.
Johnson is set to take office at a time of political crisis over Brexit as he has promised to seek a new deal with the EU or leave without an agreement at the end of October.
However, parliament has rejected May’s deal and refused to countenance a no-deal Brexit, while the EU has consistently said it will not reopen the agreement for further negotiations.
The frontrunner throughout the contest has been the 55-year-old ex-London mayor as the Conservative Party’s over 160,000 members ACROSS the UK filed in their postal votes to decide between him and the current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Johnson is seen as the clear favourite although a number of senior figures have said they will not serve under him, the BBC reported.