Boris Johnson takes over as British PM

Queen Elizabeth meeting Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Mr Johnson has vowed to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct 31 with "no ifs or buts".
Queen Elizabeth meeting Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Mr Johnson has vowed to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct 31 with "no ifs or buts".PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mr Boris Johnson, an ardent supporter of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, took over as Prime Minister from Mrs Theresa May yesterday and was preparing to appoint a new Cabinet, a day after his easy victory in a Conservative Party leadership vote.

Mr Johnson met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace shortly after Mrs May left No. 10 Downing Street for the final time to formally offer her resignation to the monarch.

Later, outside his new residence, Mr Johnson vowed to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct 31 with "no ifs or buts". But his strategy sets Britain up for a showdown with the EU and thrusts it towards a potential constitutional crisis, or an election, at home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2019, with the headline 'Boris Johnson takes over as British PM'. Subscribe