On Tuesday, in the midst of an ongoing and maybe never ending battle over Brexit, the UK installed a new prime minister, one of the most ardent supporters of the Leave movement: Boris Johnson. As you might recall, Prime Minister Theresa May announced in May that she would be resigning after a series of defeats and resignations regarding the Brexit deal, which has still not been finalized. A deal is anticipated by the end of October, and installing Johnson, who actually resigned under May because of his desire to move Brexit along, may actually lead to a deal being finalized.

Thank you all for the incredible honour you have done me. The time for campaigning is over and the time for work begins to unite our country and party, deliver Brexit and defeat Corbyn. I will work flat out to repay your confidence

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 23, 2019

As a recap, the UK voted to leave the European Union in the summer of 2016 in a shocking vote that was seen by many as a precursor to Trump’s election in the US that November. Many parties were upset by the vote. This includes Scotland, who have talked about leaving the UK, a measure which hasn’t seen success in the past.

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm of the Conservative Party, a true Brexit might just take place. Let’s get some details on the new PM.

Johnson, 55, was actually born in New York City, to British parents, but Johnson gave up his US citizenship over a dispute about paying taxes in both the US and the UK. At that time, he said he hadn’t lived in the US since he was five-years-old. Apparently, Johnson is descended from King George II, the grandfather of King George III.

Before storming into politics, he worked in journalism for The Telegraph and The Spectator. He went on to serve in Parliament then become the Mayor of London. During his tenure as mayor he oversaw such events as the 2012 London Olympics before heading back to Parliament. Like Trump, Johnson has been criticized for his demeanor and way with words.

In the coming months, it’ll be interesting to see how Brexit moves forward. Come back to FFL for more breaking news related to this and more political happenings.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member