Mr. Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Mrs. Theresa May as Prime Minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.
His convincing victory catapults Britain towards a showdown with the EU and towards a constitutional crisis at home, as British lawmakers have vowed to bring down any government that tries to leave the bloc without a divorce deal.
Mr. Johnson, the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, won the votes of 92,000 members of the Conservative party, almost twice as many as his rival, the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Jeremy Hunt. Mrs. May will leave office on Wednesday after going to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth, who will formally appoint Mr. Johnson.
'We are going to get Brexit done on October 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’,' Mr. Johnson, 55, said after the result was announced.
'Like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity.' Mr. Johnson said the mantra of his leadership campaign had been to 'deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat (opposition Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn, and that is what we are going to do'.
Within less than half an hour, the US President,Mr. Donald Trump, had tweeted his congratulations, adding: 'He will be great!'. The men have recently been complimentary about each other, yet Mr. Trump is one of the many leaders, including the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, and the Turkish President, Mr. Tayyip Erdogan, about whom Mr. Johnson has previously made derogatory remarks.
In 2015, he accused Mr Trump, then a candidate for office, of 'stupefying ignorance' that made him unfit to be president.