Boris Johnson set to become British Prime Minister after winning party poll

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Britain is set to have a brand new Prime Minister as soon as Wednesday after Conservative Party MP Boris Johnson won his party’s leadership race on Tuesday.

Johnson trounced his competitor Jeremy Hunt, who is currently serving as British Foreign Secretary.

Current Prime Minister Theresa May announced in May that she would step down after her repeated attempts to win parliamentary approval for a Brexit deal with the European Union (EU) failed.

According to AFP, she will now formally tender her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. Johnson will then immediately assume office as Prime Minister.

Johnson’s immediate challenge will be to win parliamentary support for Brexit.

He was a prominent Brexit campaigner in the UK’s 2016 referendum. He is in favour of exiting the EU with or without a deal and before the October 31 deadline.

However, this is likely to be an uphill battle, as most MPs are opposed to a “no-deal Brexit.”

Three Cabinet members have already signalled their intention to quit once Johnson is confirmed as Prime Minister.

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