Boris Johnson wins battle to become Tory leader and PM

Boris Johnson wins battle to become Tory leader and PM

Foreign Minister and Deputy PM Winston Peters has welcomed incoming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's appointment, saying it will help New Zealand "hit the ground running".

Johnson highlighted his desire to forge a free trade agreement with India: "Securing this new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India will be priority for me", he wrote to Indian-origin Conservative members while seeking their support in the leadership poll.

He defeated the incumbent foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, by a two to one margin in the vote of party members after Theresa May announced her resignation two months ago.

Tonight he is preparing for government: his mission as Prime Minister to "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn".

"The campaign is over and the work begins".

Mr Farage said Mr Johnson would need to call an election if he wanted a no-deal Brexit, in order to "change the arithmetic" in the Commons.

The result comes as no surprise since Johnson had always been the favourite to succeed Theresa May once she announced her plans to resign in May. "But if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party's existence, you will see that it is we Conservatives who have had the best insights, I think, into human nature".

Johnson has pledged to bring Britain out of the European Union (EU) by October 31, with or without a deal.

After appointing his cabinet - expected to be a majority Brexiteer grouping - Boris" most important challenge will be the Iranian Gulf Crisis that has been in a "limbo" as the United Kingdom was essentially "rudderless' with lame duck Theresa May who took THREE days to return to chair a COBRA meeting.

Mr Coveney's grasp of detail over European Union affairs places him at an entirely different level to Mr Johnson, whose reputation for unpredictability and switching sides will be placed under an intense spotlight in the coming months. That, in turn, means that an autumn general election is increasingly likely.

If a no-deal Brexit ultimately does happen, Johnson will have to deal with the expected disruptions to trade and wider economic fallout.

Stanley Johnson advised his son to treat Brexit as a "game of rugger" and "get the ball over the line". "He took a long time deciding whether he was for or against the EU".

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