As is the rule in the UK, it was formally commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II to form the new government.
It is done. Boris Johnson is officially Prime Minister. The former mayor of London went to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 24 July to see Queen Elizabeth II. According to the protocol in the United Kingdom, it is the monarch who officially instructed him to form the new British government.
“Boris Johnson accepted the offer of His Majesty and kissed his hand during his inauguration as Prime Minister,” the palace wrote in a statement.
Shortly before she had received Theresa May came to resign.
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The car of the former mayor of London, elected Tuesday at the head of the majority Conservative Party in the British parliament, was blocked en route briefly – less than a minute – by Greenpeace activists alerting on global warming that have formed a human chain.
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Boris Johnson’s “immediate priority” will be to achieve Brexit, Theresa May said in her last speech at the world-famous black gate of 10 Downing Street.
The outgoing Prime Minister wished “good luck” to his successor to whom it leaves a country still deeply divided, three years after the referendum of June 2016 which saw the British vote at 52% for Brexit.
Following him, in his first speech at the head of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson promised to get his country out of the European Union by 31 October at the latest, “without conditions”.
“It is vital that we prepare for the distant possibility that Brussels refuses to negotiate further and that we are forced to leave without agreement, not because we want this result but because it is common sense to prepare ourselves”, added the one who was one of the main instigators of the Brexit vote in the June 2016 referendum.
Three years later, “the British are tired of waiting,” said Boris Johnson, “it’s time to act.”
He also said he was “convinced” that an agreement could be reached without control at the Irish border and without the “anti-democratic safety net”.
The “safety net” (or “backstop”) is a device of the divorce agreement concluded by Theresa May with Brussels but rejected three times by the British deputies which avoids the restoration of a physical border between the province British Northern Ireland and its neighbor the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.