A majority of 92,000 of the approximately 160,000 members of the British Conservative Party have elected Boris Johnson as the new party leader and will therefore become prime minister. 55-year-old Johnson is a strong proponent of the departure from the European Union and has said that the Brexit will be a reality on 31 October.

Johnson is expected to try to heal the wounds that the brexit has inflicted on his party and immediately call for unity. The internally divided Conservatives do not have a majority in parliament and are dependent on the support of ten Northern Irish members of parliament.

Johnson is expected to be installed by the queen as prime minister on Wednesday afternoon and to unfold his plans in the lower house on Thursday. Prime Minister Theresa May says goodbye to parliament on Wednesday morning after her last question hour.

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