Seven Tories expected to quit if Johnson is named PM

Seven Tories expected to quit if Johnson is named PM

Conservative Party today announced Boris Johnson as their new leader after he won 92, 153 votes beating his rival Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt who won 46,656 votes, paving the way for the new leader to become UK's new prime minister.

The pair attended 16 hustings meeting - including one in Maidstone - organised by the party to give members the chance to quiz both on key policy pledges.

"Love him or loathe him, Boris Johnson's elevation to the highest office in the land is unsurprising", said Philip Smeaton, chief investment officer at Sanlam UK.

He says the United Kingdom will leave the European Union by October 31.

Minutes before Johnson's victory was announced in the Conservative Party leadership contest, the Commission's deputy head Frans Timmermans said the European Union would not agree to change the deal it had sealed with outgoing British leader Theresa May.

Duncan said he had "very grave concerns that Johnson flies by the seat of his pants" and branded his former boss "haphazard and ramshackle", but publicly insisted he was trying to be helpful to the new prime minister by ending speculation of whether MPs supported him.

He will take over from Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday.

Within half an hour of his victory, U.S. President Donald Trump had tweeted his congratulations, adding: "He will be great!".

"We are ready also to rework the agreed Declaration on a new partnership in line with #EUCO guidelines".

Johnson has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit divorce deal with the European Union to secure before October 31.

He said: "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. I know he's going to work well with Boris, they are going to do some great things".

Johnson told Conservative Party lawmakers in parliament that he does not want to hold an early general election, senior lawmaker Nicky Morgan said. "I don't think you look remotely daunted to me". "We will hear what the new prime minister has to say when he comes to Brussels".

In 2016, Johnson became one of the most recognisable faces of the Brexit campaign, which won the referendum by 52% to 48%, but faced accusations of making misleading claims to win support, most notably by stating that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($440 million) a week better off outside the EU.

"What we will do if we have disunity in the party is risk a Corbyn government".

"It's a challenging moment for our country - this is perhaps the most hard legacy that a prime minister has inherited in peacetime". Johnson has previously said that if the United Kingdom prepares correctly, a no-deal Brexit will be "vanishingly inexpensive". It's going to be very challenging.

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