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Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:08 AM

Boris Johnson, Brexit cheerleader, to become British prime minister

Source: Washington Post




LONDON — Boris Johnson handily won the race to lead the Conservative Party on Tuesday, and will be prime minister within a day. The bombastic, Latin-quoting, Oxford classicist with the mop of intentionally mussed yellow hair, who made his name as an over-the-top journalist in Brussels and then as London mayor and galvanized the successful Brexit campaign in 2016, will walk through the black enameled door of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday — fulfilling what his biographers describe as his relentless “blond ambition” to follow his hero, Winston Churchill, into the top spot.

In a leadership contest involving only dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, the former foreign secretary Johnson faced the current foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Johnson captured 92,153 votes to Hunt’s 46,656 — a dominant victory that shows Tories want a leader who promises, above all else, to deliver Brexit. After be chosen by the 160,000 dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, the transfer of power now happens quickly.

On Wednesday, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver her last remarks at a question-and-answer session in the House of Commons and then she will travel to Buckingham Palace to resign. Johnson will follow her to the palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will ask him to form a new government. Johnson will be 14th prime minister during the queen’s long reign.

The 55-year-old Johnson will take up residence at Downing Street and within hours begin announcing his new cabinet. His 31-year-old girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, a former Conservative Party communications official and a top Tory spinner, may move in over the weekend, according to British press reports.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/boris-johnson-expected-to-win-british-prime-minister-vote/2019/07/23/0e63fc8e-ac93-11e9-9411-a608f9d0c2d3_story.html



Original article -

By William Booth and
Karla Adam
July 23 at 5:17 AM

BREAKING -- Johnson is a colorful and controversial former foreign secretary, former London mayor and longtime Conservative columnist who galvanized the successful Brexit campaign in 2016. In a leadership contest involving only dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, he bested Jeremy Hunt, the current foreign secretary. Johnson formally becomes prime minister on Wednesday, following an audience with the queen.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Reply Boris Johnson, Brexit cheerleader, to become British prime minister (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Jul 23 OP
no_hypocrisy Jul 23 #1
BumRushDaShow Jul 23 #2
Eugene Jul 23 #4
Perseus Jul 23 #3
raccoon Jul 23 #5
Fortinbras Armstrong Jul 23 #7
Fortinbras Armstrong Jul 23 #6
raccoon Jul 23 #8
JHB Jul 23 #10
dalton99a Jul 25 #36
Blue_Tires Jul 25 #38
FailureToCommunicate Jul 23 #9
sinkingfeeling Jul 23 #11
Perseus Jul 23 #13
FailureToCommunicate Jul 23 #22
Blue_Tires Jul 25 #37
nycbos Jul 23 #12
ananda Jul 23 #14
RobinA Jul 23 #15
BumRushDaShow Jul 23 #17
Evergreen Emerald Jul 23 #16
DonCoquixote Jul 23 #32
Rene Jul 23 #18
zentrum Jul 23 #19
malthaussen Jul 23 #20
Hugin Jul 23 #21
maxsolomon Jul 23 #23
Xolodno Jul 23 #24
Haggis for Breakfast Jul 23 #27
BigmanPigman Jul 23 #25
yaesu Jul 23 #26
GulfCoast66 Jul 23 #28
DonCoquixote Jul 23 #31
GulfCoast66 Jul 23 #33
locks Jul 23 #29
LeftishBrit Jul 25 #35
DonCoquixote Jul 23 #30
LeftishBrit Jul 25 #34
rockfordfile Jul 25 #39

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:08 AM

1. How long before the next election?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:09 AM

2. I would think it would have to be before the October 2019 deadline.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:24 AM

4. The Tory rebels just threatened to topple him

If he insists on a no-deal Brexit.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:19 AM

3. The human race does not learn, do we?

This is amazing...only good thing about him is what he has expressed about the creature in the White House.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:34 AM

5. Oh god if he could just dye his hair. Nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:42 AM

7. Or get a decent barber n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:42 AM

6. The best description I heard of Boris Johnson is

"A spoiled clone of Donald Trump".

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:44 AM

8. They just said on NPR that he's like the Dotard in Many ways.

Got him a trophy girlfriend too.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:50 AM

10. Both are dangerous fools.

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Response to JHB (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 04:28 PM

36. +1. Both try to hide their scalp

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Response to JHB (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 05:17 PM

38. brilliant!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:47 AM

9. And once again, Putin is smiling... as the West decays further, without a shot

fired.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:56 AM

11. +1000

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:12 AM

13. Wow...Perfect description of the situation.

Well done. I may need to send that quote out to other people.

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Response to Perseus (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 02:48 PM

22. Please do...



"PUTIN!"

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #22)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 05:15 PM

37. +1

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:07 AM

12. God a feel sorry for the UK.

A choice between Johnson and Corbyn.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:22 AM

14. An intelligent fascist .. much worse than MF45!

nuff said

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Response to ananda (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:33 AM

15. Absolutely

Trump's only saving grace is that he's an idiot. This guy seems to have something going on.

Am I right in understanding that this was a party election, not a countrywide election?

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Response to RobinA (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:41 AM

17. In the Parliamentary system

as I understand it, the party with at least the designated minimum number of MPs needed to be considered a majority enough to form a government (usually via a coalition of smaller parties/back benchers in this case), selects the PM.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:41 AM

16. Russia wins another won.

They are taking over the world.

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Response to Evergreen Emerald (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:33 PM

32. no

the Chinese will conquer them if Vlad gets too loud, not that i love Xi. To quote Yeats: "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 08:44 AM

18. Brexit is the worlds worst nightmare......a huge mistake.

politicians...grow up. British citizen's ...wake up

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 09:07 AM

19. Even this kook sees

.....Trump for what he is. He apparently said that Trump only withdrew from the Iraq deal because it was Obama's deal. Just wanted to undo everything Obama did.

Millions of Iranians are being hurt meantime. Not ot mention the threat of a real war breaking out. From a Trump spite temper tantrum. That's as ugly as it gets. A notch worse than evil.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 12:44 PM

20. That's "Anglo-Saxon Culture" for you.

I expected this a few years back. It seems inevitable that two countries so closely-related in "culture" should go insane at the same time. One wonders what deep flaw in our political principles has caused such an outcome.

-- Mal

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 01:31 PM

21. Awe, the British have their very own Trump.

That's a true friend not letting you fall into the abyss alone.

Cheerio!

A Johnson and a Trump.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 03:58 PM

23. No more sniping from the wings.

Put up or shut up, Boris. Do what May couldn't. Show those Euros what's what.




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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 04:57 PM

24. So in the worst scenario.......

Scotland and Wales break off.

Northern Ireland falls to civil war.....the Irish side gets arms from...well, you know. Eventually the Island is unified.

England's economy goes down the toilet.

NATO gets weaker...possibly dissolves. Since England can't keep up its military prowess, Turkey becoming frenimies with Russia and NATO due to "W's" rush to expand it, has countries in the treaty the main countries really weren't up to defending. And the sentiments of an EU funded military force....

Putin wins....and never fired a shot. It happened to the Soviet Union, wouldn't it be ironic it happens to us.

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Response to Xolodno (Reply #24)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:28 PM

27. Talk about taking the piss !

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 05:02 PM

25. I can't wait for a Jonathan Pie rant.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 06:03 PM

26. hbo has a series about Englands bleak future, looks like its coming true. nt

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:35 PM

28. Well, the goose will be cooked in his own sauce. Finally.

At least when the shit hits the fan it will splatter the main proponent of Brexit.

Till now he could sit in the cheap seats and jeer those trying to solve an unsolvable problem he created.

It is only right that the man who pushed the greatest diminishing of the U.K.(soon to be England and Wales?) gets to lead it thru fruition.

If we want strong military allies in Europe we need to start looking to the French. And listening to them as well. Because in 10 years Britain will no longer be able to afford their current fleet nor excellent Marines.

And the bright side? Support for the EU is surging on the continent after seeing the shambolic Brexit. Even the far right parties no longer talks about leaving the EU. But reforms which it does indeed need but moderate parties could not bring up fearing it would lead to further exits. Ironically they have made the EU stronger!



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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #28)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:30 PM

31. and to support Ireland and Scotland

as they can hoover up the banks.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #31)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:35 PM

33. Right. Paris is also going to gain.

But no doubt a hard Brexit may well drive a recession in the EU as well. But nothing like what Britain will see.

And the dumbasses think trump will come to the rescue? Lord help them.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:00 PM

29. Ivanka congratulated Boris

on becoming Prime Minister of United Kingston. I looked it up and Kingston upon Thames is a lovely old town where many kings were crowned. Perhaps they will be willing to crown Boris king or at least Clown and Jester.

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Response to locks (Reply #29)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 04:09 PM

35. Kingston is near where I grew up

And it has a LibDem MP, so I doubt that it wants to crown Trump.

Throw him in the Thames, more likely.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:29 PM

30. I apologize to the liberal brits

but right now, I hope that the worst nightmares of brexit blossom. I hope the banks move to Scotland and Ireland, and i hope London becomes a suburb of Moscow and Beijing.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #30)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 04:06 PM

34. No bloody thanks

And London voted strongly to Remain (as did most cities - Brexit was mostly a small town/rural phenomenon) so hardly deserves to be taken over by Putin and Xi, not to mention the delightful Trump.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 09:24 PM

39. Little Adolf Prime Minister of England

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