Boris Johnson is set to succeed Theresa May as the UK’s new
prime minister on Wednesday, a day after being elected as chief of the
Johnson won the Tory leadership race by defeating his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, by 45,497 votes.
Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit, energise Britain, unite the country and defeat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after assuming office as prime minister.
But his immediate challenge will be to defuse tensions with Iran over tit-for-tat seizure of oil tankers.
On Wednesday, May will meet the queen to inform her she is going to hand over duties to Johnson who will then meet the queen to confirm that he is the new Tory leader.
He will return to Downing Street, make a speech and name his cabinet.
Many conservative leaders and opponents of Johnson’s no-deal Brexit are set to resign.
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator on Brexit, said he hopes to work with Johnson for an orderly exit for Britain from the European Union.
Extending her full support to the leader in waiting from the backbenches, May said the new government led by Johnson should deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and keep Corbyn out of government.
While expressing his disappointment over the election results, Hunt tweeted that his opponent would make “a great prime minister” at a challenging time.
During the campaign, Johnson showed his unbounded confidence in the country, Hunt wrote.
Corbyn said Johnson won the support of Conservative Party members but not the country.
Johnson’s ‘no deal Brexit’ would lead to job cuts. Britons should decide their next prime minister in a general election, Corbyn said.
Former British prime minister, Tony Blair, said Johnson should focus on how to deal with Brexit.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage wanted to know whether Johnson had the courage to deliver the Brexit.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif congratulated Johnson on his victory, but warned Iran would protect its territorial waters.