By Marwan Boltrosh LONDON, Boris Johnson, the staunch proponent of Brexit who has vowed to lead Britain out of the European Union no later than October, replaced Theresa May as prime minister on Tuesday after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party.
As among the most prominent figures of Britain’s political scene, thanks in part to his flamboyant albeit unorthodox personality, Johnson was born in New York and educated at Eton and Oxford, two of Britain’s most venerable schools.
Johnson, who previously served as the Mayor of London on two separate occasions, was May’s foreign secretary for two years until he resigned in July 2018 in protest of her approach to the UK’s departure from the EU.
He has won over many Britons who have grown disheartened with a political establishment seen as preoccupied with the London elite, but his detractors believe that his “clownish” character renders him unfit for the job.
Johnson was the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, winning the votes of 92,153 members of the Conservative party, almost double the 46,656 won by his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
His resounding victory puts the UK on a collision course with the EU, besides a constitutional crisis at home where British lawmakers have vowed to bring down any government that seeks to leave the bloc without a proper divorce deal.
Johnson will be formally sworn in as Britain’s 77th prime minister on Wednesday, after May travels to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
Source: Kuwait News Agency