Boris Johnson becomes UK Prime Minister
Boris Johnson has been appointed as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom after Theresa May’s resignation.
Johnson, 55, was appointed to the premiership by Queen Elizabeth II in a formal meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
“The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters, they are going to get it wrong, again,” Johnson said in his first remarks outside 10 Downing Street. “The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts, because we’re going to restore trust in our democracy.”
“After three years of unfounded self-doubt, it is time to change the record,” he said. “To recover our natural and historic role as an enterprising, outward-looking and truly global Britain, generous in temper and engaged with the world.”
Johnson declared, “I have every confidence that in 99 days’ time we will have cracked it” and be able to exit the E.U. with “a new deal, a better deal.”
Nearly 52 percent of Britons — more than 17 million people — voted to leave the EU during a divisive referendum held in June 2016. Turnout for the poll was more than 72 percent.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in response to Boris’s election and his speech said: “After nine years of cuts to our schools, police and councils, the country deserves better than Boris Johnson’s empty bluster.
“The new Prime Minister’s priority is more tax giveaways for the richest and big businesses, not support for our public services.
“The Prime Minister has no plan for Brexit and is staking everything on a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump which would risk the takeover of our NHS by US corporations.
“A Labour government can stop Boris Johnson and bring an end to austerity, tackle the climate emergency and invest in our communities. We need a general election and a Labour government that works for the many, not the privileged few.”