Boris Johnson wins race to be UK prime minister

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Conservative leadership favourite Boris Johnson leaves his office on July 22, 2019 in London, England. The results of the leadership campaign will be announced on July 23 with the new Prime Minister taking office the following day. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

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.

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