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Britain braces for Boris Johnson prime ministership

By Jay Jackson, Maryland State News
24 Jul 2019, 03:58 GMT+10

LONDON, UK - Brexit will be the first priority for Boris Johnson when he takes office as prime minister, replacing Theresa May.

Johnson, as widely expected, has won the contest for leadership of Britain's Conservative party, paving his way to the top job.

He defeated Jeremy Hunt in the ballot.

The former mayor of London, and former Foreign Secretary in May's cabinet, before resigning over her handling of Brexit, wlon the leadership vote in a landslide, securing 92,153 votes to Hunt's 46,656.

"Today the campaign is over, and the work begins," Johnson said after his victory on Tuesday.

The leadership vote was made by the members of the Conservative party, which numbers around 160,000.

The uncertainty over Brexit and the country's leadership has unsettled the outlook for the British economy, with many suggesting it may slide in to recession.

Johnson has consistently said he is prepared to consider a no-deal Brexit when the UK leaves the European Union on 31 October 2019.

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