The Latest: Theresa May pledges support to Boris Johnson
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the race to become Britain’s next prime minister (all times local):
Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to give “full support” to her successor, Boris Johnson.
May tweeted her congratulations to Johnson after he was elected Tuesday as the new Conservative Party leader.
“We now need to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government,” she said, referring to the opposition leader.
May plans to remain in Parliament. She told Johnson he would have “my full support from the back benches.”
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, says he looks forward “to working constructively” with Boris Johnson, who has been elected leader of Britain’s Conservative Party and will become prime minister on Wednesday.
Barnier said he’s looking to push through the ratification of the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May, but said nothing about Johnson’s claim that the deal must be renegotiated.
Barnier said the EU would be willing to adapt a political text which goes alongside the withdrawal agreement.
EU leaders have long said that they won’t reopen the 585-page legal text.
“We are ready also to rework the agreed Declaration on a new partnership,” said Barnier.
Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson says as prime minister he will “deliver Brexit, unite the country” and defeat the Labour opposition.
In a brief speech Tuesday meant to rally the party faithful, Johnson sought to radiate optimism following his victory and promised to deliver Brexit.
Johnson has vowed that Britain will quit the European Union on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 even if it means leaving without a divorce deal
But Parliament has signaled it is determined to prevent him from taking the U.K. out of the 28-nation bloc without a withdrawal agreement.
Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson has won the race to lead Britain’s governing Conservative Party, and will become the country’s next prime minister.
He defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt overwhelmingly in a vote of Conservative Party members.
He will be installed as prime minister in a formal handover from Theresa May on Wednesday.
The victory is a triumph for the 55-year-old Johnson, an ambitious but erratic politician whose political career has veered between periods in high office and spells on the sidelines.
Johnson has vowed that Britain will quit the European Union, “come what may,” on the scheduled Brexit departure date of Oct. 31 even if it means leaving without a divorce deal
But he faces a rocky ride from a Parliament determined to prevent him from taking the U.K. out of the bloc without a withdrawal agreement.
Britain’s governing Conservative Party is set to reveal who the name of the country’s next prime minister, with Brexit champion Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job.
Party officials will announce Tuesday whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000 Conservative members.
The winner replaces Theresa May, who announced her resignation last month, and will officially become prime minister on Wednesday.
It will be a huge upset if the winner is not Johnson, who has wooed Conservatives by promising to succeed where May failed and lead the U.K. out of the European Union on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 — with or without a divorce deal.
Several Conservative ministers have already announced they will resign to fight any push for a “no-deal” Brexit.
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