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Boris Johnson won the competition to become Prime Minister of Britain


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Boris Johnson won the competition to become Prime Minister of Britain on Tuesday, but faces confrontation with Brexit with Brussels and his own party members as well as diplomatic tensions with Iran.

The former London Mayor easily beat his challenger, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in the polls held among members of the Conservative Party.

He is expected to be confirmed as Prime Minister tomorrow, when the incumbent, Theresa May, handed over a formal resignation notice to Queen Elizabeth II.

It was a success for the man who wanted the highest position, but Boris Johnson, known for his jokes and excitement, took over the position during a major political upheaval.

Three years after the polls left the European Union (EU), Britain remained a member, after the postponement of the withdrawal twice in the midst of ongoing disputes in fragmented Parliament, and the country, on how to survive.

Boris Johnson headed the Brexit campaign in 2016 and said the October 31 deadline should be followed, with or without the farewell treaty with the EU.

But Brussels said it would not renegotiate the agreement reached in May, aimed at facilitating the termination of the 46-year relationship but was rejected by MPs.

The majority of legislators reject Brexit without any agreement, including many of Johnson’s own partners.

Three Cabinet Ministers have already stated that they will not serve under Johnson, saying it had broken relations with Britain’s closest trading partners with no deal was irresponsible.

Earlier this month, Johnson claimed that negative consequences for the economy could then be overcome through a provision of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) – an international treaty that laid the foundations for the World Trade Organization (WTO). Then just the same trading rules could apply as before, until a new free trade agreement is concluded, Johnson said. Customs duties are superfluous. However, weeks ago, he could not even name the exact provision of the agreement.

Read also: BBC debate: Boris Johnson confident of victory

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