Boris Johnson led the charge for Brexit—as the UK’s new prime minister it’s now his job to see it through.
Johnson won 66% of his party’s vote to fill the job following Theresa May’s resignation announcement in May. Critics of Johnson had called for a general election for the PM role and say the Conservative Party’s vote isn’t reflective of the entire UK.
Johnson is a celebrity politician in the UK’s Conservative Party. He served as mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. In 2016, he emerged as one of the most vocal proponents of the UK leaving the European Union. He is a proponent of a no-deal Brexit, which means the UK would leave the European Union without defining issues like trade agreements of certain borders.
During her three years in office, May made three attempts to push a deal through Parliament but was rejected each time. Johnson has promised to leave the EU by October 31, the latest deadline from the EU, with or without a deal.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves and that we can achieve,” he recently stated. “And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fiber broadband sprouting in every household. We are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward, and I thank you are very much.”
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