LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the face of the marketing campaign for Britain to go away the European Union, stated on Thursday he might be standing as a candidate to exchange Prime Minister Theresa Might as Conservative chief.
Former British Overseas Secretary Boris Johnson provides a speech on the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Might has stated she is going to step down earlier than the following section of Brexit negotiations though she has not but put a date on her departure.
“In fact I’m going to go for it,” Johnson informed the BBC at The British Insurance coverage Brokers’ Affiliation.
Johnson resigned from the cupboard final July in protest at Might’s dealing with of the exit negotiations.
The previous overseas minister and Mayor of London, Johnson set out his pitch to the Conservative membership in a speech on the celebration’s annual convention in October – some members queued for hours to get a seat.
He referred to as on the celebration to return to its conventional values of low tax, sturdy policing and to not comply with the insurance policies of the left-wing Labour Occasion.
Betting odds point out he’s the main candidate to exchange Might and has a 28 % likelihood of being the following prime minister.
If Johnson turned prime minister it could be the newest twist in an eventful profession for the person invariably referred to easily as “Boris”, identified in Britain and past for his clownish persona and raveled mop of blond hair.
His means to attraction individuals together with his fast wit and eccentric model helped him shrug off a collection of scandals, together with his sacking from the celebration’s coverage crew whereas in opposition for mendacity about an extra-marital affair.
Johnson has an extended file of gaffes and scandals. As overseas minister, he in contrast the French president to a World Struggle Two guard administering punishment beatings and was caught on digicam reciting a colonial-era poem in a sacred temple in Myanmar.
A number of senior Conservatives are anticipated to enter the competition for the management, with the winner additionally turning into prime minister.
The worldwide improvement minister Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey have introduced they’ll run and chief of the Home of Commons Andrea Leadsom has stated she is “contemplating” standing.
Different attainable contenders embrace former and present members of the cupboard, together with setting minister Michael Gove, the inside minister Sajid Javid and overseas minister Jeremy Hunt.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; modifying by Stephen Addison/Man Faulconbridge
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