Boris Johnson officially becomes Prime Minister and promises 'no ifs or buts' on Brexit

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government.

Boris Johnson has officially been appointed Prime Minister after meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Johnson accepted the Queen’s invitation to form a new Government, arriving at the palace minutes after Theresa May resigned as PM.

In his first speech outside Number 10, he promised in no uncertain terms to deliver Brexit by 31 October.

“The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to restore trust in our democracy,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth II welcome Boris Johnson to an audience in Buckingham Palace
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson enters 10 Downing Street after seeing Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff after seeing Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government.


“And we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts.

“And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support.

“I have every confidence that in 99 days time we will have cracked it.

The new PM made a new promise to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’ saying he has already prepared a plan to do so.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government.

He also repeated his capaign pledge to get an additional 20,000 more police officers on the streets,

Mr Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds was present at Downing Street for his maiden speech, despite rumours she would stay away to avoid media focus on their relationship.

It is not yet clear wether Ms Symonds will move into Number 10 with her partner.

Carrie Symonds watches the new Prime Minister's first speech. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Mr Johnson was confirmed as the new leader of the Tory party yesterday after defeating rival Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of Conservative Party members with 66% of the vote.

Mrs May gave her final PMQs earlier where she told Labour leader Jeremy Corby that he should quit his post as his “time was up”.

She later gave a short farewell speech outside Number 10, saying she wanted a Brexit "that works for the whole United Kingdom".

Theresa May congratulated Mr Johnson during her farewell speech outside Number 10 (PA)
A lot is happening in the first 100 days of Mr Johnson's premiership (PA)

Mrs May also gave a supportive message to Mr Johnson, adding: "I repeat my warm congratulations to Boris on winning the Conservative leadership election.

"I wish him and the government he will lead every good fortune in the months and years ahead.

"Their successes will be our country's successes and I hope that they will be many."

Mr Johnson’s first move will be to appoint a Cabinet, after his team promised he would form a Government that ‘reflects modern Britain’.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart all resigned from their posts just hours before Mr Johnson became PM, while Deputy PM David Lidington also handed in his notice.

They will now fight a no-deal Brexit from the backbenches, giving Mr Johnson an early headache in his reign.

Eurosceptic Priti Patel is expected to be named Home Secretary in Mr Johnson’s Cabinet, while Vote Leave campaign mastermind Dominic Cummings is set to be named senior adviser.

Theresa May was given a standing ovation as she left Parliament following her final PMQs (PA)

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Mr Johnson has started to form his top team after becoming Prime Minister (AP)

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Mr Johnson's defeated leadership rival Jeremy Hunt after he reportedly turned down a demotion from Foreign Secretary to Defence Secretary.

Mr Johnson’s allies said he was determined to create a cabinet with a record number of ethnic minority ministers and more women attending in their own right.

It is likely to mean a promotion for the Indian-born Employment Minister Alok Sharma, who is expected to take his place around the top table.

Mr Johnson has said he wants ministers who are prepared if necessary to leave the EU without a deal with Brussels.

Among the more junior ministerial ranks, promotions are expected for Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak, Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden and Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick.